Funerals are often tense and emotional times, therefore, people are usually unsure of the protocol and etiquette for this event. Too often, not knowing what to say or do, people will say and do nothing. However, it doesn’t have to be that way.
With two locations serving the Eastern Oklahoma, Western Arkansas, and North Texas areas, you are sure to find superior support. Whether it’s etiquette advice or assisting with service planning, the staff at this funeral home is always ready to help.
If you need guidance with funeral etiquette, here is some advice from Shipman Funeral Home & Crematory—they have been involved in funeral services for generations:
What Do I Wear?
Subdued and darker colors are always appropriate, fewer patterns or clothing that could make you stand out from a crowd. What you wear is important becaue it’s not just showing respect for the deceased, it’s always a sign of respect for their family. Dressing for a funeral should always be understated. No short skirts or dresses, no t-shirts, no jeans with holes, and especially no shorts or tank tops. Some people, however, attend a funeral or memorial directly from their jobs. Making an appearance to either service in a work uniform is understood, particularly if you worked with the deceased. It’s a comfort to the family to see their loved one remembered in this way.
Leave Your Phone Behind
Funerals and memorial services are the last places to have a cell phone ring, particularly if it’s during the service. It’s not uncommon for people to leave their cell phones in their cars during a service, or to turn the volume down completely. You want to be conscious of your atmosphere and having your phone on and in your pocket is an unnecessary distraction.
Should You Say Something to the Family?
It depends if other mourners are approaching the family members of the deceased or not. Make it brief and remember you aren’t the only one trying to find the right words. Sometimes there are no words, and only a simple hug can portray the feeling of comfort you want to show.
If you’d like to pre-plan your funeral, or if a loved one has passed and you need to make arrangements, call Shipman Funeral Home & Crematory, where a member of their friendly staff is ready to assist you with whatever services you may need. Reach their Wagoner location directly by calling (918) 485-9525, or the Muskogee location at (918) 682-1700.