The accepted customs of dress and behaviour in a funeral have changed over time, but courtesy never goes out of style. Here’s what we’d like you to know about funeral etiquette.
Making the Most of a Difficult Time
It’s important to know what religious, ethnic or personal considerations you need to take into account. And it’s also important to be respectful of the emotions of close family members.
Here are a few things expected of you:
Offer an expression of sympathy.
Sometimes we are at a loss for words when encountering something as final as death. Simply saying “I’m sorry for your loss” is usually enough. Be respectful and listen attentively when spoken to, and offer your own words of condolence.
Find out the dress code.
These days almost anything goes, but only when you know it’s the right thing. In fact, sometimes the deceased has specified the dress code; ‘no black’ is a common request. If you are able to find out the wishes of the family, then dress conservatively, and avoid bright colours.
Give a gift.
It doesn’t matter if it is flowers or a donation to a charity; as always, “it’s the thought that counts.” Always make sure to provide the family with a signed card, so they know what gift was given, and by whom.
Sign the register book.
Include not only your name, but your relationship to the deceased. This helps family place who you are in future.
We are Here to Help
Perhaps you’ve got special concerns about an upcoming funeral or memorial service? We’re here to provide the answers you’re looking for. Call us at (250) 554-2577.