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Talib McCreery
Talib McCreery
Assistant Editor

What Is Proper Funeral Etiquette?

When a loved one passes away, it can be difficult to know what to do and how to act. Funeral etiquette is a set of guidelines that can help you through this difficult time. Keep reading to learn more about proper etiquette for a funeral and how to make sure you are doing everything right.

Funeral Attire Tips

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When attending a funeral at Legacy Funeral Services or any funeral home, it is important to dress in a respectful manner. This means choosing clothing that is appropriate for the occasion and that reflects the somber mood of the event. Here are some tips on what to wear to a funeral:

  • Wear dark colors.
  • Avoid bright colors and prints.
  • Wear clothing that is neat and tidy.
  • Wear a dress or suit if you can. If not, wear a dressy skirt and blouse or slacks and a blazer.
  • Bring an umbrella or a raincoat, just in case it rains.
  • Avoid wearing strong perfume or cologne.

Along with your outfit, you may want to bring a pack of tissues and a bottle of water. Most funeral homes have these readily available, but you don’t want to be left without these items, so it’s best to bring them just in case. Additionally, make sure you wear comfortable dress shoes, as you’ll likely be standing or walking for the majority of the service.

Funeral Service Etiquette Tips

During the funeral, be respectful of the deceased and the family. This is a time of mourning for them, so be aware of your words and actions. Take the time to thank them for setting up the funeral or offer your condolences. If they’re having a tough time, leave them be. Also, don’t ask family members any logistical questions about the funeral, like where the bathroom is. It’s best to direct those questions to the funeral director or a friend. Focus on happy memories and wholesome takeaways. If you’re hosting the funeral, be sure to direct guests to you for any questions or concerns. That way, no one will bother the family with trivial issues.

Avoid talking loudly to other guests, and try to always relate your conversations to the deceased. Now is the time to talk about fond memories and treasured moments. If you’re presenting a eulogy, be considerate of what you say. It’s best not to bring up painful memories or talk about the person’s death. Focus on happy memories and wholesome takeaways. If you’re hosting the funeral, be sure to direct guests to you for any questions or concerns. That way, no one will bother the family with trivial issues. Lastly, don’t forget to sign the funeral guest book and leave a heartfelt note.

Funeral Procession Etiquette Tips

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A funeral procession is a ceremonial event that takes place after a person has died. During a funeral procession, the deceased person’s body is transported from the place of death to the funeral home or place of burial. Friends and family members typically gather to pay their final respects to the deceased. During the transportation process, you may have to follow the hearse at a slow pace. Don’t try to overtake the hearse or drive at a speed that would be considered disrespectful. Other drivers typically pull over for processions, so just follow the car in front of you at a steady pace. Keep your safety hazards flashing and turn your headlights on. During the burial, you may be offered a flower to place on top of the casket. If you’re not the deceased’s family member, wait for their family to pay their respects first.

Funeral etiquette is what helps us to mourn the deceased in a respectful way. Acting humble and respectful helps ensure that the deceased is mourned in a way that they would have wanted.

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