About The Role of the Funeral Director

What is a Funeral Director? What is an Undertaker, or a Mortician? What are the roles and responsibilities associated with the funeral profession?


A lot has changed in the past 50+ years in how we view Funeral Directors. As these roles continue to adapt to suit the needs of a changing population, it’s increasingly important to continually define and redefine the responsibilities and expectations with which they are associated.


This course will provide a modern perspective on the role of a Funeral Director, as the title exists today. We will review typical responsibilities, events, and procedures associated with the role, offering advice and scenarios to help guide both the experienced and the non-experienced. With a careful eye to both the future and the past, we will examine changes in the profession, in order to best prepare for what will come next.

Course Curriculum

Course Features

  • Self-Paced Learning

    Learn at your own pace, proceeding from one topic to the next at a speed that works for you. Your course progress will be saved for when you return.

  • Online Convenience

    A fully online experience. With no required textbook and an online resource library, you can complete this course while on the go.

  • Professional Development

    Supplement your career with continuous learning, whether you're new to the funeral profession or a seasoned professional.

Pricing options

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Meet Your Instructor

  • Geoff Carnell

    Instructor & Founder

    Geoff Carnell

    Geoff Carnell entered the funeral profession quite suddenly. After his father died unexpectedly in 1987, Geoff went to their family-owned funeral home to plan his father’s funeral as the new owner. He was 34 and the 6th generation in the family business. As a Professional Engineer, he was able to bring a different perspective to the funeral home profession. Since becoming the full-time president of Carnell’s Funeral Home Ltd. in 1988, he has installed a crematorium, created showrooms for caskets and cremation options, reconfigured and enlarged the on-site chapel, developed a passion for writing about the profession, and published two books: “When the Sun Sets, A guide to Funeral Planning” for a Canadian audience and “The Complete Guide to Funeral Planning, How to Arrange the Appropriate Funeral,” for the American public.

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