Funeral services are the most sensitive events that you would have to attend to, and it pays to make sure that you observe all the traditions and proper etiquette when you attend one.
Here are the things that you have to make sure you observe during a funeral service:
Schedules of Events
When you tell the grieving family that you are arriving at the funeral of their loved one, make sure that you arrive on time. A personal emergency is only the acceptable reason why you should arrive late, but you still have to see to it that you are arriving within a reasonable time range.
Interacting During a Funeral Service
There are certain things in a funeral that does not warrant discussion, and there are also certain points in a funeral wherein one should not interact with a grieving family member. While it is customary to provide sympathy messages to a bereaved family member, one should also keep in mind that funeral services warrant space for family members.
Should You Bring Children?
Given the sensitivity of the occasions, bringing children to a funeral service should come with certain preparations. If you are planning on bringing young children to funeral services, see to it that these children are interested to send their wishes to the grieving family. If not, it may be a good idea to let them skip the event. At the same time, it would be a good idea to let very young children stay at home in order to prevent causing unnecessary trouble to other guests and unexpected accidents as well.
It might also be a good idea to hire a babysitter if you think that you would not be able to give your children enough attention during the event. You may also want to set expectations before you let children attend these events and provide them an idea of how long they would be sitting, and how the program would be like.
Helping Out with the Preparations
For most friends of a bereaved family, it is customary to help the family deal with preparations in order to help them worry less and be able to deal with their emotions better. Should you want to help out in preparing funeral services, make sure that you are aware of the wishes of the deceased and the family. It is also very important that you respect their decisions when it comes to certain expenditures and programming concerns.
Should You Sign the Guest Book?
When attending such solemn event, you are required to announce your presence by signing the guest book. It makes it easier for the bereaved to send out their thanks to guests this way. If you are not that well-acquainted with the family because you only know the deceased through your line of work and you did not have the opportunity to meet his or her family beforehand, note that you are part of the company where the deceased work. Doing so would allow the family to know which friends of their loved one came to visit, and how they are going to say their thanks after the funeral.
What to Say during the Eulogy
When offering a eulogy, you only have to remember one thing: talk about the good memories you shared with your friend who passed on. Keep your message short, as there are other people waiting for their time to speak.
It only takes sensitivity and respect to be aware of how one should behave during this solemn occasion. By following the above guide, you would be sure that you are paying your respects properly.
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