Funeral Etiquette


Navigating a funeral can be challenging, but we're here to help with some guidance:

What Should I Say?

Offer your condolences, share cherished memories, and express sympathy to the grieving family. Simple heartfelt words like "I'm so sorry for your loss" convey your support. You can also offer assistance or support to the family during this tough time.

What Should I Avoid Saying?

Avoid insensitive or hurtful remarks. Don't ask about the cause of death or use platitudes like "they're in a better place." Stay focused on offering genuine condolences and support.

Clothing Choices

Dress appropriately for the type of service, opting for muted and subtle colors for traditional ceremonies. Avoid flashy or overly casual attire. Consider religious or cultural customs and any family preferences listed in the obituary.

Be Mindful of Time

During visitation, offer brief condolences to the family, saving more extended conversations for later. Arrive punctually to avoid disruptions, or quietly enter if you're running late.

Phone Usage

Silence your phone or leave it in the car. Avoid distractions, refrain from sharing the event on social media, and step out if you need to use your phone.

Visiting The Family

Respect the family's emotional state and consider waiting to visit. Offer help with daily tasks if you're close, assist with coordinating the service, or check in later, especially during holidays and special dates.


Decide whether to include a child in the service based on their age and relationship with the deceased. Prepare older children for what to expect if they choose to attend.

Gifts and Flowers

Send cards to offer condolences and provide a keepsake for the family. Consider food or acts of service to assist the family. Sending flowers is a traditional gesture, but check for specific requests or cultural considerations in the obituary.

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