Embalmers arrange for the removal of bodies of deceased persons from the place of death and they prepare the bodies for burials and cremations. They clean and disinfect the bodies, use make-up to create the impression of a more natural appearance and hide any visible damage. They are in close contact with funeral services directors in order to comply with the wishes of the deceased family members.
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The various types of substances used to enhance the appearance of the human body.
- Cooperate with funeral directors
Make arrangements and work together with funeral directors who provide funeral services for people buried on the cemetery under your responsibility.
- Embalm bodies
Prepare bodies for funeral ceremonies, by cleaning and disinfecting them, using make-up to create the impression of a natural appearance and hiding or correcting any visible damages or injuries.
- Move bodies
Move bodies yourself or arrange transport from the place of death to the morgue or funeral home, in and out of the hearse and from the funeral home to the cemetery.
- Apply health and safety standards
Adhere to standards of hygiene and safety established by respective authorities.
- Work with chemicals
Handle chemicals and select specific ones for certain processes. Be aware of the reactions which arise from combining them.
- Show diplomacy
Deal with people in a sensitive and tactful way.
- Maintain professional administration
File and organise professional administration documents comprehensively, keep customer records, fill in forms or log books and prepare documents about company-related matter.
- Dress bodies
Put on clothes on bodies of deceased persons, chosen or provided by the deceased one's relatives.
- Maintain inventory of tools
Keep an inventory of tools utilised in manufacturing or in the provision of services. Ensure that tool sets remain complete and suitable for use.
- Promote human rights
Promote and respect human rights and diversity in light of the physical, psychological, spiritual and social needs of autonomous individuals, taking into account their opinions, beliefs and values, and the international and national codes of ethics, as well as the ethical implications of healthcare provision, ensuring their right to privacy and honouring for the confidentiality of healthcare information.