1. You must adopt an awareness of the important role you will assume as a funeral service professional in the community.
  2. The intimacy that you will establish in your relationship with the bereaved families must be held in confidence.
  3. It will be your responsibility to recognize and practice all aspects of caring for human remains to insure the health, safety, and welfare of the public.
  4. You will be expected to practice the highest standards of ethical conduct required to uphold the dignity of funeral service.



The Worsham Oath

I do solemnly swear, by that which I hold most sacred:

  • That I shall be loyal to the funeral service profession, and just and generous to its members;
  • That I shall lead my life and practice my art in uprightness and honor;
  • That into whatsoever house I shall enter, it shall be for the benefit and comfort of those bereaved;
  • That I shall obey civil laws;
  • That I shall hold inviolate all professional confidences;
  • And that I shall be faithful to those who place their trust in me.

While I continue to keep this oath, may it be granted to me to enjoy honor, in my life and in my profession, and may I be respected by all people for all time.

Presented by Worsham College of Mortuary Science.

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