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How To Start Mortuary Service In Nigeria

Business Overview

People die every day either from sickness, disease, accident, old age or whatever the case may be. People who die have loved ones, they leave their loved ones behind and in order for their loved ones to pay their last respect to the dead, a proper burial is conducted.

By proper burial it means the body is taken to the mortuary initially, the body is allowed to stay in the mortuary for some time until the family is able to raise enough money for the burial.

While the body is in the mortuary some activities are being carried out on the body in order to avoid the body from decaying.

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How To Start Mortuary Service In Nigeria
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Such activities may include washing of the body, embalming etc. Gone are the days where cremation (burning of the dead body) is carried out immediately someone dies.

In this modern age especially in Nigeria cremation of the body is like an insult to the dead individual, so people tend to look for a better way to respect the dead without burning them, hence the need for a mortuary.

In a layman term, a mortuary is a place to store a dead body momentarily to avoid decay of the body before a burial is conducted. Mortuary service is a good business that brings in profit at the end of the day.


The profitability of the mortuary depends on location, commitment and necessary equipment available. This is a form of business which is highly profitable because people die every day and they need to be buried in a respected and proper way.

Demand Analysis, competition, and Opportunities

Nobody would want to bury a smelling body or a rotten body as it depicts disrespect to the dead

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How To Start Mortuary Service In Nigeria

As an entrepreneur in this line of business, first and foremost you should be knowledgeable about different faith so as to know the custom of each faith in a mortuary.

Also, since it is a business venture, it will be smart to license and certify your business. Furthermore, secure a place where you can start your business.

Not only that, create a general price list(GPL) as ordered by The Federal Trade Commission’s(FTC). FTC funeral rule requires you to develop and hand out to prospects a comprehensive list of services and product you sell.

Also, you will need to undergo some training in order to be a professional or licensed properly. An associate degree in funeral service education is commonly required.

Furthermore, acquiring the necessary equipment needed to start the business such as refrigerator, urns, caskets etc.

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In this type of business, acquire the necessary equipment needed to start the business such as refrigerator, urns, caskets etc.


In this type of business, you must be knowledgeable about different faith so that you will know which location will favor your business.

Religiously, Muslims tend to bury their loved ones immediately they die, so it will be wise to locate in a place where Christians dominate because Christians don’t follow such religion.

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Finance Needed

Finance is needed to start any business that will bring profit at the end of the day. To start a mortuary business, a lot of finance will be needed to acquire the necessary equipment. Capital can be obtained from different sources which include relatives, a loan from a bank etc.

Certification & Licensing

In order to avoid being sanctioned by government officials, it will be wise to register and license the mortuary business under the required agencies following due procedure.

Knowledge Needed & Training required

A little knowledge about different faith is needed due to different beliefs that exist in Nigeria. A know-how of embalming is necessary in order to efficiently keep the body from decaying.


Proper management of the dead body in the mortuary is of utmost importance. A proper management will yield more customers who will patronize you for your reputation in delivering excellent services.

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Staffing and Advising

In this type of business, it will be profitable to employ staff that can effectively take care of a human dead body.

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Ekemini Ekpo

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