Attending a Funeral

When attending a funeral, it is best to stick to certain funeral etiquettes. If you haven’t been to a funeral before, it can be a daunting prospect. Being prepared for funeral services and knowing what to expect will make it easier.

Our guides on knowing what to wear and say will ease the process and help you plan during what is already a difficult time.

A guide to what happens at a funeral

A funeral is a very personal service and will usually reflect the wishes of your loved one. Some people will make funeral plans before they die, or if the death was unexpected, the bereaved families choose how they would like to say goodbye to their loved one.

Tips for funeral attendance etiquette

A funeral service is an emotional time and there can be lots of things to think about: how to dress for a funeral, where to sit during the service, what to say to close family members.

What to wear to a funeral

If you have never attended a funeral before, deciding what to wear can be difficult. Black is considered the most popular funeral attire in Western cultures, though with the increase in less traditional services a celebration of life is becoming more popular in the UK, therefore a more informal outfit, possibly brightly coloured is better suited to the occasion.

Should children go to funerals?

When it comes to children attending funerals, there are lots of things to consider. Some parents worry their child may struggle to understand what’s going on, or that they will be disruptive during the ceremony. Although these are completely valid thoughts, teaching your child about death, loss and funerals can help prepare them for later in life.

Further Reading: Cost of a funeral

Find out about funeral costs and what financial support could be available.