funeral director


Definition of funeral director

: one whose profession is the management of funerals and who is usually an embalmer

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Synonyms for funeral director


mortician, undertaker

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Examples of funeral director in a Sentence

the funeral director instructed the pallbearers on how to proceed

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No one knows better than a funeral director that life is short. CBS News, "Whistleblower threatened with being cremated alive after exposing mortuary kickback scheme," 14 June 2019 Taking on dual roles — funeral director and personal representative —creates a conflict of interest, attorneys say: The funeral home is submitting bills to the same estate that the funeral home's owner is administering. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "Phoenix funeral home may face discipline after keeping bodies more than 100 days and charging 'excessive' burial fees," 21 Aug. 2019 Messages seeking comment were left Tuesday for Jeffery Scalf, whose grandmother was Dillinger's half-sister, and for Savanah Light, the funeral director whose name is listed on the permit. CBS News, "Body of notorious gangster John Dillinger to be exhumed 85 years after FBI agents killed him," 30 July 2019 Messages seeking comment were also left Tuesday for Jeffery Scalf, whose grandmother was Dillinger’s half-sister, and for Savanah Light, the funeral director whose name is listed on the permit. Rick Callahan,, "Body of slain 1930s gangster John Dillinger to be exhumed in Indiana," 30 July 2019 But as livestreaming has become more popular, funeral directors have encountered unexpected copyright issues. Paris Martineau, WIRED, "Now Even Funerals Are Livestreamed—and Families Are Grateful," 30 July 2019 Stanley Theodore Levinson, the son of Emmanuel Levinson, a funeral director, and his wife, Goldie Levinson, a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and raised in Forest Park. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, "Stanley T. Levinson, who worked in his family’s funeral business for more than seven decades, dies," 20 Aug. 2019 Bishop Harrison Johnson, a Perches funeral director, delivered the eulogy. New York Times, "In El Paso, Hundreds Show Up to Mourn a Woman They Didn’t Know," 16 Aug. 2019 That’s how Fowles found herself in Alexandria, Minnesota where Lynx trainer Kate Taber had a connection: A funeral director there, Sari Lind, had played guard for the University of Minnesota from 2010-14, when Taber was a Gophers trainer. Joan Niesen,, "How Sylvia Fowles Balances Being a Lynx Star and a Second Life Dealing With Death," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of funeral director

1834, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of funeral director

: a person whose job is to arrange and manage funerals

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