What Is Proper Funeral Etiquette?

Whether you’re going to attend a funeral online or in person, it’s important to understand basic funeral etiquette. If you’ve never been to a funeral before and aren’t sure what that entails, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll walk you through some of the basics of funeral etiquette.

First, you’ll want to attend the wake. This is typically the first opportunity you’ll get to express condolences to the family and pay your respects to the deceased.

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It’s not required of you to stay for a long time, either. A short stay of 10-15 minutes is typically considered polite here.

Another polite action to take is sending flowers to the funeral home or family of the deceased. It’s also possible to make charitable donations in honor of the deceased. Whether that’s a hot meal or a gift card to ease financial strain on the family of the deceased is up to you. Another good option is to gift a living memorial to the family — a single plant or live plant arrangement is a heartfelt way to keep the memory of the deceased alive.

Of course, it’s also good etiquette to attend funeral services. This is a sign of respect and kindness to the family of the deceased.


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