Being a mortician is no easy task. Morticians are known for working with the deceased, but a large part of a mortician's job involves working with living people. Morticians must be able to work with people in a state of mourning, while being tactful and explaining their options for the funeral. This requires a unique set of skills that a person must possess. The schooling is no walk in the park either along with the busy schedule being and becoming a mortician takes a lot of time and a certain mindset.
As the saying goes death waits for no one. Morticians do not have the option for scheduling in advance. Consequently, morticians need to be able to manage their time efficiently to get work done in a short period of time. This often involves working through weekends, nights and holidays.
Because morticians deal with people in a sensitive state of mind, they must be able to handle people with compassion. They must be able to recognize the needs of people in a state of bereavement and have a desire to help them. Beyond simply caring for the body of the deceased and arranging a funeral, morticians need to help people in mourning to deal with their grief.
In addition to natural skills, morticians gain considerable skills through their training. Morticians must complete two years of training in a program recognized by the American Board of Funeral Service Education. This training includes courses in grief counseling, business law, and technical skills like embalming. After completing the two-year program morticians must complete a one- to two-year apprenticeship to hone their skills.