4 Funeral Etiquette Tips You Need To Know
Attending funeral services is a way to say farewell to a deceased relative or friend while also providing support to those who are mourning. It demonstrates that the decedent was well-liked, which provides some solace during this tough period. At Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home, we suggest the following things to ensure that attending the ceremony would not induce undue stress:
1. Dress Appropriately For The Occasion
It is impolite to attend a funeral in casual attire like a T-shirt and jeans. Although you might feel that the colors and style of your clothing do not matter, they do. Darker formal clothes with a modest style seem respectful and appropriate for such a solemn event. Make sure you're dressing appropriately, but in subtle colors and monochrome shades.
2. Be On Time
It is never okay to be late for a funeral. We suggest reaching at least 10 to 15 minutes before the start of the service. Make note of road conditions and any detours that can cause you to be delayed. If you are running late, take a seat in the back of the venue to avoid creating a commotion.
3. Do Not Answer Phone Calls
It is impolite to take calls or read messages while attending a funeral service, so turn your phone off or put it on mute. If you simply must take a call, walk outside quietly and do not return until the service is completed.
4. Choose the Appropriate Words
Offering condolences may appear easy, but often people say things that are not only insensitive but also hurtful to those who are in grief. If you're at a loss for words, say something like, "I'm sorry for what happened; is there something I can do to help?" Such condolences provide consolation while still demonstrating your support.