The accepted customs of dress and behavior in funeral homes has changed over time, but courtesy never goes out of style. Listed below are the general guidelines regarding funeral etiquette.
MAKING THE MOST OF A DIFFICULT TIME LIKE DEATH
It is important to know what religious, ethnic, or personal considerations you need to take into account when it comes to dealing with the death of a loved one. It is also important to be respectful of close family members. If you make a visit during the calling hours, do not feel that your stay needs to be lengthy. A brief appearance is acceptable.
OFFER AN EXPRESSION OF SYMPATHY
Sometimes we are at a loss for words when encountering something as final as death. Simply saying “I’m so sorry for your loss” is usually enough. Be respectful and listen alternatively when spoken to and offer your own words of condolence.
- Always sign the register book.
- Find out the dress code.
- Give a gift.
- Don’t feel that you have to view the deceased in an open casket.
- Don’t be afraid to laugh.
- Don’t allow your children to be a disturbance.
- Don’t forget to turn off your cell phone.
- Keep in touch.