Working: How does a funeral director work?

How Does a Funeral Director Work?

How Does a Funeral Director Work?

What do you do all day?
Nov. 16 2015 12:09 PM

The “How Does a Funeral Director Work?” Edition

Preparing for an overseas funeral entails a lot more than you might think.

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James Donofrio.

Photo illustration by Lisa Larson-Walker. Photo by L.V. Anderson.

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In the Season 5 premiere of Working, Slate’s L.V. Anderson interviews James Donofrio, a funeral director at Blair Mazzarella Funeral Home. Donofrio explains the effects of always being on the clock, how he prepares for an overseas funeral, and why a funeral director needs to know about every religion.

In a Slate Plus extra, Donofrio talks about a call he received to disinter 50 bodies, and where he gets the urns and stones used for his services. If you’re a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transcripts from Working, plus other great podcast exclusives. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/workingplus.

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Twitter: @LV_Anderson

L.V. Anderson is a former Slate associate editor.