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Funeral Attendants - 39-4021.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Perform a variety of tasks during funeral, such as placing casket in parlor or chapel prior to service, arranging floral offerings or lights around casket, directing or escorting mourners, closing casket, and issuing and storing funeral equipment.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Funeral Assistant
  • Funeral Attendant
  • Funeral Greeter
  • Funeral Home Assistant
  • Funeral Home Associate
  • Funeral Home Attendant

SOC Occupation Groups

39-0000 Personal Care and Service Occupations
39-4000 Funeral Service Workers
39-4020 Funeral Attendants
39-4021.00 Funeral Attendants

Related Occupations


  • Act as pallbearers.
  • Arrange floral offerings or lights around caskets.
  • Assist with cremations and the processing and packaging of cremated remains.
  • Attend to the needs of the bereaved, such as by offering comfort, counseling, or after-care programs.
  • Carry flowers to hearses or limousines for transportation to places of interment.
  • Clean and drive funeral vehicles, such as cars or hearses, in funeral processions.
  • Clean funeral parlors or chapels.
  • Close caskets at appropriate point in services.
  • Deliver floral arrangements or other items to family members of the deceased.
  • Direct or escort mourners to parlors or chapels in which wakes or funerals are being held.
  • Embalm, dress, cosmeticize, and casket the deceased.
  • Greet people at the funeral home.
  • Issue and store funeral equipment.
  • Manage funeral home finances, including receiving payments, making bank deposits, or performing general bookkeeping duties.
  • Meet with family members to plan the funeral.
  • Obtain burial permits and register deaths.
  • Obtain doctors' signatures on death certificate and complete other paperwork, such as insurance claims forms.
  • Offer assistance to mourners as they enter or exit limousines.
  • Perform a variety of tasks during funerals to assist funeral directors and to ensure that services run smoothly and as planned.
  • Perform general maintenance tasks for funeral homes, such as maintaining equipment or caring for funeral grounds.
  • Perform various administrative tasks, such as typing documents or answering telephone calls.
  • Place caskets in parlors or chapels prior to wakes or funerals.
  • Prepare obituaries for newspapers.
  • Provide advice to mourners on how to make charitable donations in honor of the deceased.
  • Supervise funeral processions and assist with cemetery parking.
  • Transport the deceased to the funeral home.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Apply makeup to alter or enhance appearance.
  • Arrange items for use or display.
  • Assign resources or facilities to patrons or employees.
  • Assist patrons with entering or exiting vehicles or other forms of transportation.
  • Clean facilities or work areas.
  • Clean tools or equipment.
  • Deliver items.
  • Direct funeral or mortuary activities.
  • Discuss service options or needs with clients.
  • Drive vehicles to transport patrons.
  • Embalm corpses.
  • Greet customers, patrons, or visitors.
  • Handle caskets.
  • Identify opportunities to improve operational efficiency.
  • Maintain facilities.
  • Maintain financial or account records.
  • Perform administrative or clerical tasks.
  • Prepare administrative documents.
  • Provide counsel, comfort, or encouragement to individuals or families.
  • Provide escort or transportation.
  • Provide patrons with directions to locales or attractions.
  • Transport biological or other medical materials.
  • Write informational material.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Ceremonial Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Graves Registration Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Hospital Corpsman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Mortician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Mortuary Affairs Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Personnel Retrieval and Processing Officer (Marine Corps - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Personnel Retrieval and Processing Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Personnel Retrieval and Processing Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Services (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Funeral Attendant
  • Pallbearer