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UNDERTAKER/DIRECTOR OF CEMETERIES, IN-DEPTH: Great Stories Are Here

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Monica talks about what she likes about working in a cemetery that many people may not know about, but also some of the hardships people may face while working there. She encourages people to talk to people working in a cemetery to get a better idea about the job, and explains the importance of having a good work-life balance to be ready for the next day.

School: The Catholic University Of America
Degree: Latin Classical Humanities
Job Title: Undertaker/Director of Cemeteries
Employer: Holy Cross Cemeteries

Job Summary: Funeral Service Managers, Directors, Morticians, and Undertakers

Job Description

Funeral directors, also called morticians and undertakers, manage funeral homes and arrange the details of a funeral.

On-the-Job Training

Apprenticeship

Additional Info

All states require funeral directors to be licensed. Licensing laws vary by state. Applicants must pass a qualifying exam. Working in multiple states may require multiple licenses. Most states require funeral directors to receive continuing education credits to keep their licenses.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$30,000 - $100,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Remote, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Empathy, Organizational skills, People skills, Detail oriented

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m='35430'>inside,</span> <span m='36000'>there's</span> <span m='36180'>a</span> <span m='36250'>lot</span> <span m='36500'>of</span> <span m='36640'>paperwork</span> <span m='37660'>that</span> <span m='37920'>is</span> <span m='38120'>sometimes</span> <span m='38620'>the</span> <span m='38750'>downside</span> <span m='39840'>to</span> <span m='40020'>taking</span> <span m='40380'>care</span> <span m='40620'>of</span> <span m='40720'>people.</span> <span m='41400'>But</span> <span m='41690'>the</span> <span m='41800'>necessary</span> <span m='42730'>evil,</span> <span m='43110'>if</span> <span m='43250'>you</span> <span m='43420'>will.</span> </p><p><span m='44190'>When</span> <span m='44370'>I</span> <span m='44450'>decided</span> <span m='45100'>that</span> <span m='45710'>working</span> <span m='46200'>in</span> <span m='46330'>cemetery</span> <span m='46790'>and</span> <span m='46890'>funeral</span> <span m='47140'>services</span> <span m='47800'>was</span> <span 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m='106530'>see</span> <span m='106740'>if</span> <span m='106870'>it's</span> <span m='107070'>a</span> <span m='107130'>good</span> <span m='107360'>fit</span> <span m='107670'>for</span> <span m='107780'>you.</span> </p><p><span m='108750'>It's</span> <span m='108940'>important</span> <span m='109550'>working</span> <span m='109950'>in</span> <span m='110060'>funeral</span> <span m='110420'>and</span> <span m='110520'>cemetery</span> <span m='110980'>services</span> <span m='111680'>to</span> <span m='111960'>keep</span> <span m='112300'>a</span> <span m='112360'>work</span> <span m='112680'>life</span> <span m='112980'>balance.</span> <span m='113850'>For</span> <span m='114000'>those</span> <span m='114220'>of</span> <span m='114350'>us</span> <span m='114550'>who</span> <span m='114650'>work</span> <span m='114890'>at</span> <span m='114990'>cemeteries,</span> <span m='115940'>it</span> <span m='116170'>is</span> <span m='116310'>a</span> <span m='116370'>little</span> <span 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m='125720'>homes</span> <span m='126230'>and</span> <span m='126530'>work</span> <span m='126850'>with</span> <span m='127050'>families,</span> <span m='128050'>we</span> <span m='128699'>tend</span> <span m='128960'>to</span> <span m='129050'>be</span> <span m='129240'>on</span> <span m='129490'>call</span> <span m='130050'>24</span> <span m='130630'>hours</span> <span m='130960'>a</span> <span m='131020'>day</span> <span m='131390'>when</span> <span m='131640'>we're</span> <span m='131840'>on</span> <span m='132030'>call.</span> <span m='132810'>Because</span> <span m='133390'>families</span> <span m='133890'>need</span> <span m='134130'>you</span> <span m='134400'>at</span> <span m='134510'>any</span> <span m='134740'>given</span> <span m='135080'>time.</span> <span m='136020'>But</span> <span m='136250'>it</span> <span m='136380'>is</span> <span m='136560'>very</span> <span m='136890'>important</span> <span m='137500'>to</span> <span m='138000'>create,</span> <span m='138490'>in</span> <span m='138650'>this</span> <span m='138940'>field,</span> <span m='139770'>time</span> <span m='140080'>for</span> <span m='140220'>yourself,</span> <span m='140940'>and</span> <span m='141130'>time</span> <span m='141390'>for</span> <span m='141550'>your</span> <span m='141720'>family,</span> <span m='142590'>so</span> <span m='142870'>that</span> <span m='143100'>you</span> <span m='143270'>can</span> <span m='143510'>restore</span> <span m='144050'>your</span> <span m='144380'>energy,</span> <span m='144990'>so</span> <span m='145130'>that</span> <span m='145310'>you</span> <span m='145480'>have</span> <span m='145730'>enough</span> <span m='146000'>energy</span> <span m='146370'>to</span> <span m='146500'>give</span> <span m='146740'>back</span> <span m='147010'>to</span> <span m='147130'>the</span> <span m='147230'>people</span> <span m='147580'>you're</span> <span m='147760'>helping.</span> </p>","file":{"id":585726,"video_id":"","name":"2967-Monica - 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