The funeral business is a 24 hour on call, 7 day a week operation. Death does not take a day off.  Be it day or night, the funeral director has to be ready to make removals from the place of death and on many occasions embalm the body when they receive it.  Following these duties, the funeral director will make arrangements to meet with the family to help and  guide the them through their hour of need.  They will discuss and gather information for the death certificate, obituary notice, and schedule with the clergy, cemetery/ crematory for a service and disposition of the remains. If the deceased is a veteran or a member of a civic organization that want to participate in the funeral a schedule for that will be set up by the funeral director.

The funeral director has to get the proper medical certification from the doctor /medical examiner or coroner so they  can file the death certificate with the local registrars office to then obtain the proper permits to either bury, cremate or transport the remains out of the state or country if that need be.  Proper notifications are sent by the funeral director to the Social Security Administration and/or Veterans Service for claims and benefits.

The funeral director has to apply cosmetics, dress, and place the remains in the casket. they will supervise the hours of viewing, conduct the funeral /memorial service and then take the remains to their final resting place.