Funeral Director Apprentice

at SCI Shared Resources, LLC in Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States

Job Description

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Provides customer service in all areas of helping client families following the loss of a loved one. Provides exemplary personalized and professional service. Learns how a Funeral Director implements choices made by the families/legal representative regarding the funeral, final disposition of the body and memorialization of the individual. Interacts with the family to fulfill death care needs. Ensures customer needs are addressed.

+ Learns to arrange and conduct funeral and memorial ceremonies in a professional, organized and caring manner consistent with company policies and procedures

+ Learns to negotiate and create acceptable funeral contracts

+ Handles contracts, legal documents, and collection of monies or insurance in accordance with company policies.

+ Ensures client families are informed of special recognition/services available for veterans and ensures the delivery of selected recognition/services.

+ Confirms authorization to proceed with the service arrangements

+ Verifies identification of the deceased and authorization for embalming

+ Learns how to arrange for the interment or cremation of human remains

+ Adheres to all company and regulatory requirements

+ Cares for the deceased in a respectful manner while performing a variety of tasks which may include:

+ Removals and transfers

+ Lifting of deceased human remains

+ Dressing and casketing

+ Coordinating and assisting with funeral service and visitation

+ Delivery of flowers, caskets, urn, photos and other personal keepsakes or mementos of client families

+ Setting of chairs and the removal, proper care and storage of these items

+ Removals and transfers

+ Assists with funeral services by:

+ Coordinating the parking of cars

+ Ushering

+ Driving funeral vehicles

+ Assisting at chapel and church services

+ Assisting at the cemetery

+ Delivering flowers, caskets, urn, photos and other personal keepsakes or mementos of client families

+ Setting up chairs and the removing, properly caring for and storing of these items

+ Participating at special functions

+ Provides aftercare in absence of Family Service Counselor. Aftercare includes delivery of:

+ Documentation

+ Stationery

+ Information on insurance, health benefits and pension,

+ Pre-arrangements for next of kin

+ Ensures potential pre-need referrals are shared with Family Service Counselors

+ Completes and accurately prepares of all documents related to services, cremations, maintenance, and any other type of data entry

+ Assists with general office duties such as preparing reports as needed

+ Assists with the maintenance of vehicles, the facility and property

+ Receives caskets and other funeral home supplies as well as place into inventory

+ Ensures refreshments are available (where allowed by law)

+ Performs other duties as assigned

MINIMUM Requirements


+ High School diploma or general equivalency degree (or diploma)

+ Completion of or currently enrolled in a degree training program at an accredited mortuary college or technical school specializing in funeral service or mortuary science.


+ Typically requires a minimum of 6 months experience in a funeral home, crematory or cemetery


+ Must meet all licensing requirement in applicable state/province as required by law as prescribed by each state board

+ Valid driver’s license

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

+ Knowledge of computers and some software including MS Office products required

+ High level of compassion and integrity

+ Good communication skills

+ Problem solving skills

+ Ability to multi task and set priorities


Work Environment

+ Work indoors and outdoors during all seasons and weather conditions

+ Limited amount of local and/or multiple location traveling required

+ Professional Dress is required when in contact with families.

Work Postures

+ Frequent, continuous periods of time standing, up 6 hours per day

+ Sitting continuously for many hours per day, up to 6 hours per day

+ Climbing stairs to access buildings frequently

Physical Demands

+ Physical effort requiring manual dexterity is required, includes paperwork, calculators, computers and phone usage

Work Hours

+ Working beyond “standard” hours as the need arises

+ Travel up to 25%

Postal Code: 72901

Category (Portal Searching): Operations

Job Location: US-AR – Fort Smith

Job Profile ID: F00221

Time Type: Full time

Location Name: Edwards Funeral Home

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Job Posting: JC225517884

Posted On: Oct 06, 2022

Updated On: Aug 02, 2023

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