Are you up to date on funeral service etiquette tips? If not, you should be ahead of going to a funeral service at a funeral home in Norwood, OH. Some of these unwritten rules will be obvious while others might not be as obvious. Here’s a look at etiquette tips you should know.
Dress the Part
Gone are the days when dressing up in all black for a funeral service was expected. Even so, that doesn’t mean that it’s fine to wear shorts or a t-shirt. Stay away from clothing that’s too tight, too short, too showy, or too “loud.” As per the last point, you don’t want to wear clothing with the sort of color scheme that begs for attention. So what should you wear? Imagine going to be interviewed for your dream job. Whatever you would wear to that interview is likely something that you can safely wear to a funeral service. If in doubt, ask someone you trust.
Watch What You Eat
If food or beverage will be offered at a reception following the funeral, do not overdo it. You might be able to avoid the temptation of going overboard if you eat prior to going to the funeral service. The last thing you want is to be known as the person who camped out in front of the snack table or the one who ate way more than your fair share of food.
Keep an Eye on Your Little Ones
You’ll have to decide whether or not it’s appropriate to take your children to the funeral service. If they were old enough to have known the deceased and had a relationship with them, then it’s a good idea to allow them to attend. But if the children are too young to understand what’s going on, then you might want to hire a babysitter to take care of them while you attend the service. If you do take them with you, ensure that they don’t cause any disturbances.
Stay Off the Phone
It goes without saying that you should stay off your phone while the funeral service is in session. If you drive to the venue, it’s a good idea to simply leave it in the vehicle. You’ll want to ensure it’s out of sight. But if you have to bring it in with you, then you should turn off the volume. In the event that you need to make a call during the service, exit the venue and make your call in the foyer or outside. You’ll be able to make your call without disturbing anyone.
It will also pay to arrive on time. When you get to the funeral service venue on time, you’ll have the time to convey your condolences to the grieving family, to greet people you know in the foyer, and to find a seat ahead of the start of the funeral service. If you get there late, you won’t have the opportunity to do much, beyond finding a seat, until after the service has ended.
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