When attending a funeral, being self aware and behaving in a respectful manner is of utmost importance. Not only will this make the grieving family feel supported, but is also a way of honouring the deceased. If you’d like to know our tips for funeral etiquette, keep reading.
1. Dress Appropriately
Traditionally, many people wear black clothing to funerals. This is because the colour black is largely associated with death and mourning. However, as long as your clothing is clean and smart, you can be a bit more adventurous with the colour. For men, a suit and tie is always a sensible choice. Women may also wear a suit, but a smart dress, or skirt and blouse are also appropriate. If there is a dress code or particular colour scheme for a funeral, the family will usually inform all guests in advance.
2. Switch Your Phone Off
Always ensure your phone is turned off before the funeral begins. Ideally, you should do this before entering the chapel and finding your seat. If you do not wish to switch off your phone, set it to silent and avoid using it for the duration of the service.
3. Don't Give Unsolicited Advice
Although phrases such as ‘don’t cry’ or ‘everything happens for a reason’ are often said to those who have lost a loved one, these sentiments are not the most helpful advice. Even if they are meant sincerely, it is best not to challenge people’s feelings on an emotional day. Instead, reassure others that you will be there for them, or that they can count on you if they need additional support.
4. Pay Your Respects
Although you may be at a loss for what to say, it is important to greet and pay your respects to the grieving family. Simply offering your condolences and reassurance will be well-received.
5. Arrive To The Funeral On Time
Never arrive late to a funeral. This can be incredibly insulting and disrespectful to the family of the deceased. Therefore, it is crucial you plan ahead and allow yourself plenty of time to get to the venue before the service begins. Arriving on time shows that you are taking the formality of the day and the feelings of others seriously.
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