3 Funeral Etiquette Tips You Need to Know

By: Ian Elliott
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Funerals are often emotionally charged and even the slightest mistake can cause deep offense to grieving individuals. At Arbutus Funeral Service, we believe that funerals should have a comfortable, calm atmosphere, which is why we encourage all visitors to follow proper etiquette. Here are some tips that can help if you’re uncertain:

1. Arrive Early

Come at least 10-15 minutes before the event is scheduled to begin. Visitors should always plan for delays due to traffic, detours, or weather conditions. Sometimes delays are unavoidable and you may reach a funeral house a few minutes late. In that case, find a seat at the back so that your arrival doesn’t disrupt anything.

2. Dress Properly

Most people wear modest black or neutral colored formal wear during a funeral. Men wear suits and women wear either suits or dresses. Don’t wear anything too casual or informal like jeans or t-shirts to a funeral because that will just cause offense. Stick with safe and simple clothing that you can wear to your office or similar places.

3. Place Your Phone on Silent

Place your phone on silent during the ceremony to ensure there’s no disruption. The last thing you want is for the device to ring while someone is delivering a eulogy. You can either switch the device off or keep it on silence. Don’t read messages or take calls when you’re inside because that will seem rude. If you do need to take a call, step out of the funeral home quietly and call back.

These are simple but effective ways to be respectful during a funeral and avoid upsetting people.

Have any questions about funeral etiquette or want to make arrangements for services? Just contact us or give us a call (604) 888-9895. We at Arbutus Funeral Service will be happy to help.

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:
Please enter the numbers and letters you see in the image. Note that the case of the letters entered matters.

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

Where Can I Scatter Cremated Remains?

After cremation, the person’s ashes are handed over to the next of kind. Many people who are not acquainted with the cremation process and how it works aren’t sure about what they need to do with t...

Ways To Say Goodbye To A Loved One

It’s always tough to bid adieu to a loved one who has left for his or her heavenly abode. Even if the person had been ailing and you knew the end was near, when that moment finally comes, you may n...

5 Interesting Facts About Cremation

Cremation is fast becoming the preferred disposition method today rather than a traditional burial. People from various faiths are showing interest in it. We at Arbutus Funeral Service have seen th...

Building The Perfect Video Memorial For Your Loved One

We at Arbutus Funeral Service have seen the positive impact a video memorial can have on family members or friends bidding farewell to a loved one. A tribute video can help depict the individual's ...

Do Some Women Serve As Pall Bearers At A Funeral?

Conventionally, you will see men as pallbearers. However, women can also serve as pallbearers at a funeral. It depends on who volunteers for it and whether all the family members are on board with ...

4 Unique Funeral and Burial Customs around the World

When it comes to burials and related rituals, each community has certain practices, some of which are centuries old. We at Arbutus Funeral Service are a credible and well-established funeral home t...

Should Your Child Attend a Funeral?

Most parents prefer not to expose their children to the unpleasant realities of life, such as death and funerals. They fear that they will upset or stress their children in some way. However, many ...

Irrevocable Pre-Need Arrangements

A pre-need arrangement or funeral services package is essentially a pre-paid agreement between an individual and a funeral home like us at Arbutus Funeral Service. It contains details of all the fu...

The Importance Of A Funeral Procession

Long rows of slow-moving vehicles, enormous crowds, and renowned individuals come to mind when thinking about funeral processions. However, many people follow this practice during a conventional fu...

Meaningful Gift Ideas for Someone Who Has Recently Lost Someone

Some of the greatest gifts you can offer a mourning friend are your companionship, love, and presence. If someone close to you has recently lost a loved one, you can assist them by being present&nb...