FUNERAL ETIQUETTE

  • Express your condolences – It’s not easy to come up with the words to offer sympathy to someone who has just lost a loved one.  You don’t need to be a poet, simply saying something like “I am sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family” is enough.  If you can’t be at a funeral service in person, sending a card or leaving a message on a memorial website is an acceptable alternative to express your sympathy.
  • Sign the register book – The family will keep the register book as a memento for years.  Be sure to include your full name and consider leaving your address.  
  • Silence electronic devices
  • Keep in Touch – You may feel that the family needs their space and time to grieve, but a simple phone call or note after the funeral lets the family know you are thinking of them. The months following a death is when grieving friends and family need the most support.