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3 Things to Do If You Can’t Make it to a Funeral February 19, 2019

Greenwich, Fairfield County
3 Things to Do If You Can’t Make it to a Funeral, Greenwich, Connecticut

Between the cost of travel and busy schedules, it’s not always possible to accept a last-minute funeral invitation. If you cannot make it to the event, there are other ways you can honor the memory of the deceased and show support for loved ones. Try any of the strategies below to properly pay your respects without attending the service.

What to Do in Lieu of Attending a Funeral

1. Sign an Online Guestbook

Many modern-day funeral services include an online guestbook where people can leave notes. Writing an online message shows that you care. Leave your condolences, offer support, or include a favorite memory with the deceased that the family might appreciate. They can read the note throughout the grieving process.

2. Send Flowers

funeralFlowers are always a thoughtful choice during a service. You can send the arrangement directly to the funeral home or the family’s address. Include a card with your condolences. Some appropriate sympathy flowers include white lilies, roses, orchids, or irises. Pink carnations are also a meaningful choice since they symbolize remembrance.

3. Contribute in the Deceased’s Name

If you want to send something other than flowers—or the invitation specifically asks for you not to send them—then a charitable contribution in the deceased’s name is a thoughtful alternative. Choose an organization that the deceased was involved in or a cause that they were passionate about. Another option is to donate to a trust fund for any children they left behind.


Since 1846, Fred D. Knapp & Son Funeral Home has been committed to providing the best support and comfort to grieving families of the Greenwich, CT, community. This family-owned and locally-run home will handle all the work of arranging a service during this difficult time. Contact them online or at (203) 869-0315 to start planning a funeral with their caring and experienced team.

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