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Funeral Service Education

Funeral directors are in need of individuals trained in the many aspects of funeral services including assisting the bereaved, administrative work, understanding the embalming process and helping to plan a service.

Stratford's online funeral service education program can help provide its students with a well-rounded education for work in the funeral services industry.

With the convenience to study at home at your own pace, you could complete this program in as little as six months, or take up to two years if you prefer. Everything needed to complete your studies is included in our one, low tuition price.
Funeral Service Education Module 1
Funeral Service Administration

• The Function of the Funeral Director
• Providing Social, Emotional and Legal Support
• The History of Funeral Services
• Cultural Traditions and Religious Rites
• Non-Religious Funeral Services
• Attitudes and Customs for Cremation
• Methods of Final Disposition
• Legal Requirements and Issues for the Funeral Director
• Communication with the Public, the Coroner, and the Police
• Interactions with the Bereaved
• General Funeral Arrangements
• Administration of the Funeral Home

Funeral Service Education Module 2
The Funeral Service Professional

• Qualities of Successful Funeral Service Professionals
• Duties, Responsibilities and Funeral day Tasks
• An Overview of the Funeral Home
• Taking the Death Call and Removing the Deceased
• An Overview of the Cemetery
• Caskets and Burial Vaults
• Selling Funeral Products
• Writing Death Notices
• Pre-need Sales
• Trends Versus Traditions

Funeral Service Education Module 3
Ethics, Sociology and Grief Counseling

• A Survey of Common Ethical Issues
• The Sociology of Funeral Practices
• The Process of Grief
• The Nature and Process of Mourning
• Helping People in Mourning
• Professional Resources for Helping Mourners in need
• Grief, Ritual and Ethnicity
• Bereavement and Children
• Responding to Problematic Client Behaviors

Funeral Service Education Module 4
Managing the Funeral Home

• The General Price List
• Alternative Price Lists for Special Groups
• Credit Regulations and Management
• The Concept of Discretion
• Managing the Finances
• Managing the Product and the Facility
• Managing Advertising and Public Relations
• Public Relations and Community Participation
• Ordering and Displaying Merchandise

Funeral Service Education Module 5
Embalming

• The Sociology of Embalming
• Ethics in the Care of the Dead
• Legal Considerations Related to Embalming
• The Preparation Room Environment
• Personal Protective Equipment
• Embalming Chemicals and Products
• The Embalming Process
• Pre-Injection, Injection, and Post-Injection Phases of Embalming
• Factors Influencing Embalming
• Organ Donation
• Other Types of Preparation

This program is specifically designed to serve as an introduction or enhancement of the theoretical knowledge required for the vocational application of this subject. It is intended to help individuals in the furtherance of their vocational training and is not intended as a substitute for licensing or certification requirements, which may include an apprenticeship or additional training, as required by law.

We take great pride in providing you with the most up-to-date funeral jobs textbooks and equipment. One or more of the above-mentioned subjects may, therefore, change if updating becomes necessary during the course of learning more about funeral jobs. The order in which the material is presented may vary.
Funeral Service Education Course

I thought that the course material was very thorough. I learned a great deal as each module became more difficult. I enjoy working at my own pace and appreciated the textbooks.

K.A. - Ontario

I would highly recommend Stratford to anyone who is considering a new career or someone who wants to enhance their current employment.

K.C. - Ontario