3 Funeral Etiquette Tips You Need to Know

By: Greg Hurd
Monday, October 23, 2017

Funerals are solemn affairs full of grieving family, friends and loved ones. It’s important to be kind and considerate toward the decedent's family and respectful towards the departed soul. Many people struggle with funeral etiquette and fear they might offend others. Here are some tips that can help you get through the funeral without causing any offence:

1. Always Arrive on Time

Arriving late to a funeral can be very disrespectful, which is why it’s a good idea to leave as early as you can reach the funeral on time. Account for traffic and road conditions, and any other obstacles you might face before leaving the house. Try to reach the funeral home at least 10 minutes ahead of time. If being late is unavoidable, try to be as quiet as you can be and wait until a break to speak with others.

2. Dress with the Occasion in Mind

It’s not always necessary that funeral guests need to dress solemnly in black or monochromatic clothes but try to avoid clothing that appears too casual or too bright. Black is still the safest color; and formalwear for men and modest dresses for women are considered appropriate.

3. Switch off the Phones

The last thing you want is for your phone to ring in the middle of a memorial service. Switch off the phone or keep it on silent before entering the funeral home. It’s also a good idea to keep it in your pocket and not check it repeatedly. Don’t answer any calls during the memorial service and wait until the ceremony is complete before stepping out of the funeral home to attend to any calls. Answering a phone call in the middle of the ceremony is very disrespectful.  

If you want to know more about funeral etiquette and funeral services, don’t hesitate to call us at Weber-Hurd Funeral Home. We’ll be happy to help. 

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