Funerals require a very specific type of etiquette that is different from other types of events. This is a delicate time for all the closest friends and family members, so you want to be as respectful and supportive as possible. Use the guide below to be the perfect funeral home guest.
What to Know Before the Service
Traditionally, people have worn dark gray or black to a funeral service. Times have changed, so this is no longer required. All attendees should wear clean and conservative clothing and avoid any graphics or bright colors. If you are participating in the service, such as a pallbearer, then wear a dark suit or dress.
If the service is for a close friend or family member, you may want to encourage your children to attend. For any other services, consider leaving your younger children at home with a babysitter. They may get restless and disruptive during the service. If they do come, have them wear dressy clothing — again, it does not need to be black but should avoid bright colors.
How to Behave at the Service
Plan to arrive at the funeral home 15 to 20 minutes early. This should give you plenty of time to find a parking space and make your way into your seat without the risk of being late. If you are late, stand in the back or discreetly enter a row from the side aisle rather than the center. Turn your cell phone off or to silent, so you won’t risk disturbing the service. Keep in mind that the first few rows should be reserved for the closest friends and family. When you approach the family, don’t take up too much of their time. Simply expressing your condolences and offering support in a few sentences is appropriate.
When it’s your turn to plan a funeral, the team at Abriola Parkview Funeral Home will make it as easy and rewarding as possible for you. We have been serving members of the Greater Bridgeport community since opening in 1906. Our fourth-generation funeral services business is known for our professionalism and dedication to customer care. Contact our funeral home online or call (203) 373-1013 to discuss at-need or pre-arranged funeral plans.