5 Helpful Tips for Proper Etiquette at a Funeral

By: Jacklyn Hutchens
Wednesday, September 23, 2020

During a memorial service, it is important to learn the basics of proper funeral etiquette. It will help create an element of order that provides comfort to the family members of the deceased. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind if you are planning to attend a funeral:

  1. Arrive Early
    You should arrive at the church or funeral home at least 15 to 20 minutes before the memorial service begins. It is part of showing respect to the loved ones and other visitors of the deceased. You don’t want to walk in and have the entire room turn to you during an emotional eulogy.

  2. Dress Appropriately
    Wearing black is not a requirement during a funeral service. However, you should wear conservative clothing. Avoid bright colors and patterns, which can send the wrong message to the mourning family. If you are still unsure of what to wear, play it safe, and stick with basic black.

  3. Sign the Register Book
    Be sure to sign the register or guest book since it will hold touching memories for the family for years to come. When signing, remember to include your complete name and your relationship to the deceased, such as a co-worker or former colleague. This will help the family place who you are.

  4. Express Your Condolences to the Bereaved Family
    Simply saying, "I’m sorry for your loss" is usually enough when expressing your deepest condolences to the family members of the deceased. Just remember to be compassionate, and be a good listener because these small gestures can mean so much to the bereaved family.

  5. Bring a Gift
    Another ideal way to express your condolences is by gifting sympathy flowers. You can either bring a bouquet with you to the funeral or have them delivered beforehand. If you aren’t close to the family members of the deceased but still want to share your condolences, a thoughtful card is a great way to comfort them.

​Find Out More

If you want to learn more helpful tips about proper etiquette at a funeral, feel free to get in touch with Direct Cremation Services of Virginia. We are more than happy to assist you. 

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