Being A Mortician. Essay

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The word mortician brings what images to mind? The career of amortician is surprisingly different than it is portraied in movies and books. Beinga mortician is a very rewarding job both personal as well as psychological to thosewith the temperament, training and discipline required to do the job properly. Inthis paper I'll be reporting the requirements to become a mortician, also calledfuneral director or undertaker, the duties the job requires of you, and the outlookof this career in the future of the United States.To become a funeral director in the United States today isn't an easy task.You need to be twenty-one, a high school graduate with some undergraduatecollege work, as well as at least one year of professional training in mortuaryscience, and completion of an apprenticeship. 'Upon completing a state boardlicensing exam, new funeral directors are qualified to join the staff of a funeralhome. In many states successful completion of a national examination given bythe National Conference of Examining boards will qualify you for licensure'(IRN10). In different states the undergraduate college credit varies considerably, one-third of the states require one year; another third wants two years; and the otherthird requires three years of credit(IRN 9). A concentration of courses is alsorequired in some of the states. You may need to take 15 credits in natural science,13 in social sciences, 13 in business, 14 in chemistry(IRN 10). In addition to yourcollege work, you will need at least 50 credit hours of professional work inmortuary science. 'There are about 40 schools of mortuary science officiallyrecognized by the U.S. Department of Education today'(Shipley 220). Thecurriculum generally consists of courses in:'Embalming, Restorative Art, Chemistry, Microbiology, Pathology, Anatomy,Small Business Management, Funeral Home management, Merchandising,Accounting, Funeral Home Law, Computers, History and sociology of FuneralService, Psychology of Grief, Grief Counseling, oral and Written Communication,Funeral Service Law, Business Law, and Ethics'(IRN 11). Along with educationalrequirements you need to look at the personal requirements it takes to be a funeraldirector. You have to be on call 24-hours a day 7 days a week, death doesn't knowany holidays. The people's needs come before any of yours in this career. You'llneed to work with others in a very fragile condition, you'll have to be very patientwith them. A lot of the time the mourners will vent their pent up anger on thefuneral director and will blame you for their problems. Some of time you'll needto deal with religions new to you and that seem strange, but you'll have to beunderstanding and willing to let the mourners carry out their forms of burial andmourning. In other words, can you handle a career that requires constantsensitivity to needs and wants of other people?One of the duties of a mortician is to embalm the corpse for show. 'If thebody is not to be buried within twenty-four hours,...

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