Category Archives: Funeral Etiquette

He Ordered a Pizza During the Funeral!

In previous posts, I have emphasized the importance of turning cell phones off so they don’t ring during a funeral.  I did not, however, discuss the inappropriateness of placing a call on a cell phone during a funeral.  I didn’t … Continue reading

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Remove Names of the Deceased From E-mail Lists

A friend of mine who served on a committee with me recently passed away.  As the committee began to prepare for its next meeting through e-mail announcements, I noticed my friends name was still on the mailing roster.  This was … Continue reading

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Example of a Condolence Note – Funeral Etiquette

One of the most difficult things to write is a condolence note.  However, it is one of the most appreciative things you can do for a family at a time of loss. A handwritten note is much better than a … Continue reading

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Funeral Etiquette – What Does “In Lieu of Flowers” Mean?

When you read the words “in lieu of flowers” in an obituary, it means the family is requesting you make a contribution to a charity instead of sending flowers to the family.  It is strongly suggested you respect the family’s … Continue reading

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Funeral Etiquette – The Cemetery

The decision to go to the cemetery after the funeral service is an individual one usually based on your relationship with the family. Upon arriving at the cemetery, park and leave your vehicle to gather at the grave site as … Continue reading

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Using the Title of “Jr.” Properly

The title of “Jr.” is used when a father and son share the same full name. This title also indicates the father is living. Upon the passing of the father, the title of “Jr.” should no longer be used to … Continue reading

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Funeral Etiquette – Covering A Casket With The Flag

When the flag of the United States of America is used to cover a casket at a funeral, the flag should be placed on the casket so the union, or blue field, is at the head and over the left … Continue reading

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Funeral Etiquette – Corsages

I have recently been asked about the appropriateness of wearing flowers to a funeral. Please let me make it very clear, it is inappropriate to wear corsages or boutonnières at a funeral. This is a somber occasion and the wearing … Continue reading

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Funeral Etiquette – Attire For Pallbearers

If you have been asked to perform the honorable duties of a pallbearer in a civil funeral ceremony, you should wear a dark suit and tie. Ladies should also wear a dark suit if performing these duties. Shoes should also … Continue reading

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Funeral Etiquette – Appropriate Attire

There was a time when black was the only appropriate color to wear to a funeral.  Today, only family members are expected to wear black unless you have been asked to be a pallbearer or have been asked to be … Continue reading

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