Attending a funeral is never easy, but inevitably an occasion most people will face throughout their lives. With all the emotions and expectations it’s understandable that you may feel daunted. Yet funerals are a special time, and a celebration of life. If you are unsure of what to expect, here is some funeral etiquette to help.
What to wear
Traditional funeral wear is smart and dark. Suits and smart dresses, trousers or skirts tend to be the most common choice of outfit. Dressing up smart is respectful, and if there is no dress code specified it is also courteous to wear black. However, it’s not uncommon for some services to have a dress code with a personal touch. It could be a specific colour, or even a request for attendees to wear their own casual clothes. In this case, the family will usually make this known, but if you are unsure you can ask politely.
What to bring
Gift giving is not typical for a funeral, but you may want to bring flowers with a sympathy note. Be it a simple farewell message, a poem, a memory, or best wishes to the family. You may also choose to bring a condolence card for the family, spouse or children as appropriate.
Where to sit
There is not usually a seating plan, but there are some unspoken considerations to adhere to. The front rows to tend to be reserved for family and close friends, so if you are a more casual acquaintance or colleague, it is polite to leave these rows available.
In our modern world, most people carry a mobile phone with them at all times, and although this may seem an obvious rule, it can be easy to forget with all the emotion of the day. Turn your phone off before entering the service, to ensure no ringtones or noise. You could even keep it in your car to avoid any unwanted disruption.
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