Everyday life as a mortician – the somewhat different dream job

Morticians have been around since time immemorial. Every culture in the world has known and continues to know forms of mortuary worship. Always there were people charged with accompanying the last ways. The longer the history of a profession, the richer the formation of all sorts of myths surrounding it. In the minds of some, the profession of funeral director is associated with the distorted images conveyed by "black" movie comedies rather than the reality of an apprenticed profession with a highly interesting day-to-day work life.

A three-year apprenticeship leads to an examination before the Chamber of Crafts, the successful completion of which leads to the professional title of "funeral director". Successful further training and instructor qualification is proven by passing the examination to become a master mortician.

A look at the training framework shows the variety of requirements that are placed on a mortician in Hanau and nationwide.

Of course, first and foremost is conducting funerals, burials and burials.

Gravesites must be set up and arrangements made to open, close and prepare them for burial (decoration). Sometimes this also involves reburials and exhumations.

While respecting personal health protections, deceased receive basic hygiene care. This includes dressing, cosmetics, embedding and transferring the deceased.

Numerous legal and hygienic regulations must be observed when storing deceased persons.

The laying out should take into account aspects of mourning psychology, ideology and religion.

The organization, preparation and conduct of funeral services and burials

If the form of burial is not determined, the possible forms of burial must be presented to the relatives, and sometimes a financial calculation must be presented for decision making.

The course of the funeral service is usually planned in cooperation with the surviving relatives. In the case of deceased persons who were in public life, other groups such as associations, works councils or political parties must also be involved in the preparations. Here, the funeral professional has the task of advising appropriate text recitals and musical performances.

A funeral professional should have a broad knowledge of cultural traditions in order to be able to competently respond to wishes regarding the funeral service. For the most part, companies maintain appropriate files of suitable funeral orators and musicians of various styles.

The processing of funeral orders

There are mandatory legal requirements for the acceptance of such orders, which the funeral director must know and check.

The right to take care of the dead is based on the relationship to the deceased and the existence of a medical death certificate.

Before making arrangements with relatives about the burial, it is necessary to check any existing testamentary dispositions, instructions in case of death and contractual arrangements.

The acceptance of a funeral order is usually accompanied by the settlement of the financial obligations arising from it.
Advice on funeral planning

An important part of the funeral director's job is advising on death insurance and contracts for one's own burial.

The conclusion of a death insurance is often combined with its irrevocable assignment to a funeral home and the simultaneous determination of the modalities of the burial.

Treatment and processing of materials and supplies

Extensive knowledge of materials and supplies is required to provide urns and caskets. In particular, wood, plastics, metals and textiles must be checked for usability, stored and processed by hand or with machines.

The care of mourners

An important part of a funeral director's job is to deal with mourners in a psychologically correct way, which in turn helps them cope with the loss.

Funeral director in Hanau – a dream job?

Certainly it is more than a profession, it is a life task, which must face the one who decides to do it. He is rewarded with the gratitude of those he assists in a difficult life situation and thus the job of an undertaker takes on a very special perspective.

Our institute is committed to a tradition of more than 60 years in Hanau and beyond its borders. We stand for expertise, pleasant restraint and personal support. We respect the wishes of both the deceased and the
Survivors and therefore attend to each request as individually as possible.

Saying goodbye to the deceased with dignity is as important to us as providing support to the bereaved. Together we will find out which funeral form is right for you and your needs. We would like to stand by you in this difficult situation, give comfort and create space for the mourning process. We are always aware of our role as an empathetic grief counselor.

Seek a personal conversation with us. We listen.

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