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Funeral Etiquette: What to Wear and Considerations at a Funeral Service

Funeral Etiquette: What to Wear and Considerations at a Funeral Service

Funerals are sometimes difficult to attend because of heightened emotions, but they serve a vital purpose for grieving relatives and friends, provided that the proper etiquette is followed. No one wants to disrespect the memory of the dearly departed. Below are some tips on funeral etiquette that will help you feel more comfortable in the setting and ensure that you're being respectful. 

Arrival and Seating

Showing up on time or slightly before the funeral service begins is ideal. You want to minimize any disruptions to the service so that family and friends can focus on saying goodbye to their loved one. If you’re a few minutes late to the service, be as quiet as possible and take a seat toward the back. The seating at the front of the service is normally reserved for close friends and family. You want to show as much respect as possible to everyone in attendance.

Attire

Wearing the right attire to a funeral is a must if you’re going to show everyone in attendance the proper amount of respect. You don’t have to go overboard and wear a $1,000 suit unless that’s what the family has requested. Instead, you can usually wear business casual clothing and still look appropriate. However, the context of the funeral can change the clothing requirements. Make sure to check with fellow friends and family members if you have questions about what to wear.  

If you’re attending a funeral for a close family member and people are offering you condolences, the most important thing to do is say thank you.

Responding to Condolences

If you’re attending a funeral for a close family member and people are offering you condolences, the most important thing to do is say thank you. You may have some awkward interchanges during the service, but that is okay. You are grieving — you aren’t going to be judged. All you have to do is show appreciation for the sentiments you receive. You need to focus on saying goodbye in the best way that you can.

Cell Phones

It’s a good idea to turn off your cellphone when you attend a funeral. You don't want your phone ringing in the middle of the service and disrupting things. It’s best to leave your phone in the car if you can. Also, it’s bad taste to sit and text friends or family while you’re at a funeral service. Checking apps and the news makes you look disinterested, which can easily offend the other people in attendance.

Funerals that have been properly arranged pay a fitting tribute to the dearly departed, but only if the proper funeral etiquette is followed. For additional information about funeral planning, etiquette and how to start the healing process, please be sure to visit the Pearson Funeral Home website.