Funerals are events that come with a lot of emotions. And it is essential attendees understand and follow proper etiquette to show respect to the deceased and their loved ones. While it may seem like a somber occasion, a memorial service is an opportunity to offer support to those grieving and celebrate the life of the person who has died. In this blog post, we examine recommended funeral etiquette.
Funeral Etiquette: Attendance
First, try to attend if you are invited. Sometimes, doing so is impossible. But if you can make it happen, try. The family who wishes to include you will notice if you make the effort. Also, when attending a funeral, dress appropriately. In most cases, it is best to wear dark and conservative clothing to show respect for the occasion. Avoid wearing anything too bright, flashy, or revealing. However, this is not always the case. In fact, more and more, people are feeling more creative when it comes to funeral planning. They may choose to honor the person who passed by wearing their favorite color, etc. Stay in touch with the family so you know what they prefer.
Turning off your Cell Phone: Step 1 of Funeral Etiquette
Once you arrive at the funeral, be mindful of your behavior. Be respectful and courteous to everyone you encounter. Turn off your phone or put it on silent and refrain from using it during the service. Also, during the service, remain quiet and attentive. If there is a religious ceremony, follow along respectfully, even if you do not share the faith of the person leading the service. Avoid talking, laughing, or displaying behavior that could be seen as disrespectful.
If the family has a receiving line, offer your condolences, express sympathy, and share any memories or positive stories you may have about the deceased. However, keep your words brief to allow time for others to share their best wishes.
When sending flowers or other gifts, have them delivered to the funeral home or the family’s home prior to the service. You can also donate in memory of the deceased to a charity or organization that was important to them.
In Lieu of Attendance
Sometimes, attendance is just not possible. Work, budget, or travel time could keep you away. If you are unable to attend the funeral, make sure you find another way to show your support. Send a card or flowers to the family, donate in memory of the deceased, or simply reach out with a phone call or message to express your condolences.
Finally, remember that grieving is a personal process, and everyone copes with loss in their own way. Be respectful of the wishes of the family and their cultural or religious customs. If you are not sure about something, ask and seek guidance from those who are close to the family.
In conclusion, funerals are a time to show respect, support, and sympathy for the family and friends of the deceased. By following the proper etiquette, you can help create a peaceful and comforting environment for all those involved.
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