The Dos and Don’ts of Funeral Etiquette | Grief
Tardiness is generally understood as impolite in any situation, but this is especially the case when it comes to attending a funeral service. These events are very difficult for those involved as is, being often very stressful to organize in addition to the feelings of loss being experienced. As such, the last thing you would want to do as an attendee is disrupt the service with a late arrival.
Though wearing head-to-toe black is not necessarily expected in today’s culture, dressing appropriately is still key. Depending on the venue, Business or Business casual attire is suitable for funeral wear. In some cases, there might even be an indication on the invitation regarding the expected attire. For more ideas, look at our articles on what to wear to a funeral for both women
.The way a funeral is planned out is the product of the wishes of both the deceased, as well as their family. As such, don’t be critical of what is and isn’t included as part of the service proceedings, but rather be respectful of the choices that have been made to put together the event. If you are aware that there are specific religious or cultural practices that are going to be included as part of the service, consider doing some preparatory research ahead of time so that you feel more comfortable when they take place.
At the end of the day, you are there to pay your respects to the deceased and their family. Simply being there and observing the ceremony is appreciated- don’t sweat the small stu
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