If you’re attending a funeral service, it’s important to respect the rules of funeral etiquette. These rules help friends and family show support to those who are mourning without overstepping bounds or causing awkward situations. The next time you attend a funeral, make sure to observe the following guidelines.
How to Show Support at a Funeral
1. Dress Appropriately
Unless you’ve been instructed otherwise, you should wear business or business-casual clothing in dark colors to most funeral services. Avoid anything especially eye-catching or especially casual. The way you dress shows respect for the deceased and for the service.
2. Turn Your Phone Off
During a funeral or memorial service, the last thing anyone wants to hear is a ringtone. If you absolutely can’t turn off your phone, set it on vibrate and choose your seat carefully for a quick exit.
3. Arrive Early
If possible, you should plan to stay for the entire funeral—including arriving ten minutes early and staying until the family has left. This will help you avoid causing an interruption during the service. If you must leave, once again, sit in the back near a door and make your entrance and exit quietly.
4. Don’t Bring Flowers
While it is customary to honor the deceased with a floral arrangement, these should be sent to the funeral home in advance so they can decide how to arrange the bouquets. Bringing an armful of flowers with you to the funeral would cause another disturbance as you or family members of the deceased try to find a place to put them.
5. Talk to the Family
Even if you aren’t acquainted with the family, take some time after the service, during the luncheon, or in the receiving line to express condolences. If you aren’t able to talk to them, send a card after the fact.
Dealing with death is difficult, and it’s sometimes unclear how to act in this emotional situation. But there are a few rules and guidelines which will help you navigate the funeral. As long as you show respect to the deceased and their loved ones, you can make the situation that little bit easier for those left behind.
For over 150 years, Minges Funeral Home has served Harrison, OH, and the surrounding Cincinnati area with beautiful, respectful funeral services. Their compassionate, experienced staff will help you through the planning process so your loved one’s funeral or memorial service will go as smoothly as possible. For questions and planning help, call them today at (513) 367-4544 or reach out online.