Funeral Etiquette

Funeral Etiquette

While issues of funeral etiquette may feel very serious or stressful, it’s important to remember that your job, as a funeral attendee, is to support and console those grieving, and to participate in the communal grieving that’s taking place.

In light of this, the general advice for how to act at a funeral or memorial service is to be respectful, courteous, and generous to others. Remember that the simple presence of a friend, a hug, or a kind word can go a long way towards making someone feel comforted.

How To Sign A Funeral Guestbook

How To Sign A Funeral Guestbook

If you attend the funeral or memorial service, you should sign the guestbook. Depending on the size of the funeral there may be multiple guestbooks, and you should sign only one. As the guestbook is meant to give the family a record of those who attended, it is not the place to leave condolences or other notes. You should simply write your name in the guestbook. If you don’t know the family very well, you can also write your relationship to the person who died, such as “John Smith, St. Anthony’s Church” or “Jane Smith, Company Name.” If you wish to leave a more extensive note for the family, consider writing a letter expressing your condolences.

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