Question by  Jacq (23)

What kind of person do you have to be to be an undertaker?

I know "discreet" is one quality.


Answer by  Lornah (282)

Being around dead bodies is something that disgusts many people and therefore to take a job like being an undertaker requires that one is courageous, persevering, strong and capable of erasing bad thoughts and bad images from their minds. Fearful people can not work in a morgue.


Answer by  LJR (121)

Going into the funeral services business requires careful consideration. If you are easily moved this might not be for you. Also, if you are prone to giggles at inopportune moments, this may also not be your thing. An Undertaker has to show empathy without giving into their own emotions, whilst at the same time providing a supportive ear to clients.


Answer by  liltricy (21)

Must be respectful,compassionate, serious, able to communicate efficiently, a good listener, and must be able to counsel the grief. They also must be willing to spend a lot of time outdoors and have extensive knowledge of religious beliefs and cultures.


Answer by  elynne (1153)

I believe the greatest trait that an undertaker has to have is compassion. You will be dealing with people on usually the worse day of their lives. Having just lost a loved one and now have to arrange their funeral. You have to walk them through the process just hours after the death and help them move on.


Answer by  Tracy15 (821)

Well you have to not mind being around dead bodies. If you can get over this then the rest is easy you just have to be caring for the families and respect the person who is dead. I guess you have to be kind of cold to do this job.

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