Funeral Director



OFO No: 516301





Other names for Funeral Director:

  • Funeral Practitioner
  • Undertaker
  • Embalmer


Youtube clip – The Career of a Funeral Director

For training options in South Africa – scroll down


What is a Funeral Director?

A Funeral Director is in charge of a funeral parlour and therefore arranges the logistics of the funeral for the family and prepares the corpse.

He or she is responsible for:

  • Sympathetic support
  • Prepares body for funeral
  • Makes funeral arrangements

What does a Funeral Director do?

  • meets with family of the dead person
  • provides emotional support
  • arranges for body to be collected from home, hospital or morgue
  • helps family make decisions regarding the funeral arrangements
  • respectfully, prepares corpse through embalming
  • follow family’s wishes regarding the corpse
  • hands over body to mortician to prepare for viewing
  • transports body to the funeral venue / graveyard / crematorium

Are you . . . ?

  • respectful?
  • emotionally stable?
  • understanding and empathic?
  • observant?
  • caring?
  • detail orientated?
  • organised?
  • methodical?
  • a good communicator?
  • a good listener?

How do I become a Funeral Director?

You will need a qualification.

CLICK HERE for SAQA’s registered qualifications.




OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Embalmer or Coffin Maker

Is becoming a Funeral Director the right career choice for me?