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Funeral etiquette

Funeral etiquette is the proper behavior expected of both guests and planners at a funeral or memorial service. Though the family is free to define what's meaningful to them, it's always important to understand basic funeral etiquette.

Funeral etiquette for guests

Funeral etiquette is the proper protocol for offering support and condolences at a funeral or memorial service. Whenever you attend a funeral, it's important to be mindful of proper funeral etiquette to avoid offending anyone or overstepping the family's boundaries. Though funeral etiquette has slowly evolved over the years, some things remain the same. From wearing black to keeping your emotions relatively contained, these provide guidelines for comfort and support.

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Funeral etiquette for planners

Even if you're planning a funeral, you still need to be aware of funeral etiquette. This helps determine what happens at a funeral as well as how the family will act. Though you're free to make your own changes, having a clear guide can be a comfort. Recently, more families have abandoned some aspects of funeral etiquette, especially related to dress code. Ultimately, it's up to you to determine what's important during this service.

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What to say at a funeral

At a funeral service, it's important to pay respect to the bereaved family. While you know you need to express your condolences, what do you say at a funeral? Finding the right words in person is difficult. Luckily, you don't have to overthink when it comes to what to say at a funeral. As long as your words come from the heart, you're on the right track. Whether you share a special memory, personalized words of encouragement, or just I'm sorry for your loss, these are all perfectly acceptable.

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