Funeral services are naturally somber, but some people may also feel a bit anxious if they haven’t attended one before. Knowing the appropriate etiquette can help you feel more comfortable in your surroundings, according to the professionals at Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City, MO. They are here to share some of their best suggestions.
Spend time in silence.
It’s appropriate to spend most of your time at funeral services in peaceful silence. Use this opportunity to reflect on the deceased’s life and remember the special moments that you shared.
Offer your condolences.
Take the time to express your sorrow and give condolences to the family. This is simply a thoughtful gesture on your part. Your presence may bring comfort, and it shows how much you care. Wait patiently, as there are bound to be others waiting in line to do the same.
Wear suitable attire to avoid standing out unnecessarily. While the standard color of choice is black, navy and gray are also acceptable. A smart pair of trousers with a sports coat, button-down shirt, and tie is appropriate for men, while a simple shift dress or pantsuit is a proper choice for women. Steer clear of anything bright or revealing.
Arrive excessively late.
Do your best to arrive at least 10 to 15 minutes before the funeral service begins. If you show up late, you run the risk of disrupting a eulogy or hymn. Even arriving right on time can be problematic, as you may have trouble finding a seat.
Use devices for distraction.
Avoid pulling out electronic devices to fill time or to entertain children. If you do need to make a phone call, step outside of the funeral home. Make sure the volume is off on anything you do bring inside, as even the slightest ring, beep, or another sound can be deafening in a silent room.
Sit in the wrong location.
In most cases, family and close friends take up the first few rows at a funeral or memorial service. Otherwise, there typically aren’t “assigned” seats, and it’s fine to sit where you feel most comfortable. If the room is crowded, you may need to stand at the back wall of the funeral home.
Whether you need assistance planning a funeral service or want to discuss pre-planning, you can trust the reliable staff at Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home to answer all of your questions with kindness and patience. They’ve served locals since 1868, and they pride themselves on helping families suitably honor their loved ones. Their goal is to help you plan a service that celebrates life in a beautiful, memorable way. You can visit their website to learn more about making funeral arrangements, or call them at (660) 564-3388.