Funeral Home

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Modern embalming got its start during the American Civil War in the 1860’s. Families of soldiers killed in the battle wanted to have their bodies returned home. Dr. Thomas Holmes found a way. His system was the forerunner of todays “embalming”. In almost all cultures, an individual’s death is marked by a ritual. Funerals in the United States and a few other countries and cultures serve purposes such as religious, social, and personal (M.Mahon, 2009)
Unlike taxes there’s no way to get around death. Our days are numbered. That’s why the world needs funeral directors (Mosca, 2011). Mourning the loss of a loved one is a traumatic experience we must all suffer during our lives. For many of us, making the necessary funeral arrangements while in an emotionally fragile state can be a frustrating, painful experience without the help of an experienced and caring funeral director. The career of a funeral director can be an emotionally rewarding job .Funeral directors are also counselors, aiding people during one of the most difficult times of their lives. Families need compassionate counseling and guidance, and a funeral director can offer support and assistance in making end-of-life decisions. Funeral directors also handle all arrangements

. They often need to travel to private homes, places of worship, and cemeteries and crematoriums. They also need to travel to hospitals and accident sites to transfer bodies.

Becoming a funeral director requires education, licensing, and training. Most states require applicants to be twenty-one years of age and a high school graduate. College programs in mortuary science typically last from two to four years. Most are two-year degree programs offered at community colleges. The average in-state tuition for mortuary science programs during the 2009-2010 academic year was $6,654.84, with an out-of-state tuition…...

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