“Contracting” is the profession of the future… Who plans to employ 3,500 people?

“I love my job because it makes me feel like I am serving a grieving family.” After getting a taste of luxury hotels, Gautier Delacour worked as a funeral consultant at the Caton Convention agency in Paris for a year and a half. During this time of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, the funeral industry is doing well. The industry supports 25,000 people and plans to hire 3,500 in 2024. “Baby Boomers are retiring, we need to replace them and rejuvenate staff» analyzes Guillaume Fontaine, president of the National Funeral Federation (FNF). Grandfather Boomers who also form a market: “They will slowly die. The market will grow at 3% to 5% per year over the next 15 years. There will be strong demand for our professions.”.

What are the duties of funeral directors?

First contact for families facing the death of a loved one, funeral consultant deals with all funerals: listens and informs the family, knows their expectations and informs them about the regulatory framework for funerals. It requires a diploma that requires a minimum of 140 hours of theoretical training and the same amount of practice. On the menu: everything you need to know about health and safety, toxicology, funeral legislation and regulations, the psychology and sociology of grief, ceremony design and animation. Another regulated profession ceremony leader : Minimum 70 hours of theoretical and practical training is required.

In other professions, it is easier to work for funeral directors without a degree. so be carrierIt is possible for the person carrying the coffin to receive training on this subject. First of all, you must be strong! same for gravediggerThe person who is responsible for digging the grave and placing the coffin there, and is responsible for opening and closing the safes. To be marbleSo, when processing the marble of tombs, it is better to have a CAP in stonemason or construction and decoration marble work.

Thanatopractor, the art of preparing the bodies of the deceased

It is the embalmer’s duty to prepare the body of the deceased and give it a beautiful appearance before placing it in the coffin. He or she must cleanse and disinfect the body, injecting a formalin-based product into the arteries to slow bacterial growth and slow the destruction of cells. Finally, she will dress him and apply makeup before presenting him to the family. A national embalmer diploma recognized by the Ministry of Health is required for the application. The exam includes a six-hour written test, rated out of 200 points, and the evaluation of practical training in a company, rated out of 400 points. The Claude Bernard University of Lyon 1 and the University of Angers offer training to prepare for the competition. practical.

“When hiring, we focus on the interpersonal skills of the candidates, not the diploma”, warns Guillaume Fontaine. Empathy yes, but it has its limits. “The family does not want us to cry with them, but to act professionally and support them through their suffering.”. For young or older candidates (retraining employees, job seekers), a funeral home or municipal agency often offers a one- or two-week exploratory internship. Aim ? Confirm that there are no concerns about working in daily contact with the dead and bereaved. “If they have even the slightest problem, we ask them not to enter these professions.”warns Guillaume Fontaine.

I am on call every two weeks: I sleep and live on the phone day and night. It can ring at 3 in the morning or 2 in the afternoon.

Gautier Delacour, funeral consultant at the Caton Convention agency in Paris

“To do this job well, you need to be careful, common sense, and know how to stay in control.”Gautier also trusts Delacour. “In case the death follows an unnatural death (suicide, etc.), we must show diplomacy and explain to the relatives that they cannot see the body of the deceased. This is also necessary when families argue and disagree about the ceremony!», the young funeral consultant smiles. The magnificence and servitude of these professions ultimately require high availability: “I am on call every two weeks: I sleep and live on the phone day and night. “It can play at 03.00 in the morning or 14.00 in the afternoon.”. The undertaker’s words: “The dead cannot choose their hours.”

What kind of work goes into working as a funeral director?

Nearly thirty institutions train all or part of the funeral professions in France. The National Funeral Federation (FNF) has its own training school EFFA: Founded in 1981, the oldest school trained 350 people last year. Another school affiliated with a professional federation, the National School of Funeral Professions (ENAMEF), originates from the French Federation of Funeral Directors and is located in Rosny-sous-Bois. Other schools are affiliated with funeral business networks: Parcours F, a school from the independent UDIFE network; Funétique School (Funéplus group…), Nova formation (Funecap group)… OGF group has had its own internal school, OGF Formation, for 20 years. All these organizations offer both technical cemetery training for marble workers and grave diggers, as well as mandatory regulatory training for practice.

Finally, do you know where the phrase undertaker comes from?

The colloquial name for funeral home workers may come from what is assumed to be an ancient practice of wrapping corpses. In ancient times, they would perhaps “bite” the toe of the deceased to ensure the death of their client. So, with some semblance of logic: Undertakers. In fact, the word first appears in print in 1788, as recalled in this excellent article from Le Figaro. The verb “crack” meant to steal or destroy.

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