Whether you’re considering becoming a mortician yourself, or you want to ensure that you’re working with highly trained funeral professionals, you may be curious about the process of entering a funeral services career. Here are some details about what it takes to be a mortician.
What Is a Mortician?
A mortician, or funeral director, works with families to plan and carry out the details of final arrangements for their loved ones. This may involve moving and preparing the individual for the funeral, responsibility for a service respecting the family’s spiritual requirements and beliefs, and carrying out the cremation or burial.
Becoming a mortician requires high levels of compassion, business acumen, and interpersonal communication skill. The job often involves being on call at all hours of the day, which means that funeral directors also need strong dedication to their chosen path.
In most states, a mortician must have a minimum of an associate degree in Mortuary Science. Some funeral homes in Arizona and around the country require a bachelor’s degree. According to the American Board of Funeral Service Education there are about 60 Mortuary Science programs available across the United States.
Mortician and funeral director licensing requirements vary from state to state. Some states have their own state exam, while others, including Arizona, require candidates to pass the national board exam. An apprenticeship is also often an integral part of a mortician’s training, taking place before, during, or after mortuary school.
Caring and Compassionate Service
When you come to Mountain View Funeral Home, you can feel confident about the services you will receive, as Arizona also requires that morticians get 12 hours per year of continuing education. With nearly 70 years in the funeral services industry, our family owned and operated funeral home is also known for our caring and compassionate staff who are here to help. We have the necessary training, experience, and understanding to give our clients the comprehensive level of service they deserve during this difficult time.
For more information, please contact us at Mountain View Funeral Home.