Bromleys Independent Funeral Services have some funeral etiquette advice
14th August 2013
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Sadly, attending a funeral is something we will all have to do at some point in our lives. It is always a difficult experience but there are certain etiquettes you can follow the make the event easier for everybody, as Bromleys Independent Funeral Services explain.

1)      Always arrive on time, ideally a quarter of an hour before the service is due to begin. Factor in time for unexpected delays, like finding a parking space, not being able to find the church etc. If you do arrive late, be as quiet as possible so as not to disturb anyone else.

2)      Always turn off your phone during the service. It is totally disrespectful to the deceased and other mourners to have a mobile ringing halfway through the service. If you really have to keep it on, check and double check it’s on silent before the service begins.

3)      Wear the right clothing. Avoid bright colours like red or yellow unless you have been specifically been told that was the wish of the person. Instead stick to black and dark colours and wear formal, conservative clothes that won’t offend anybody.

4)      Send a message of condolences to the relatives of the person who has passed away.  It shows you care and are thinking about them in their time of need. It can be hard to know what to say, but avoid clichéd phrases as much as possible.

5)      If you want to send a gift to the family, then flowers are the traditional option. Some people prefer donations to a charity, so do check first.

6)      Respect the wishes of the family at all times. Don’t judge or criticise the decisions they make, it could be different from what you would do but it’s not your place to say so.

7)      Similarly, follow all religious, cultural and other observances carefully. If you’ve never been to a service of someone with a faith you’re unfamiliar with, do a little bit of research first on what to expect, so you feel comfortable during the service itself.

Bromleys will take care of every aspect of arranging a funeral. They are on hand to offer support and guidance in this difficult time and will make sure a loved ones wishes are adhered to at all times. Bromleys are available 24 hours a day via telephone on 01204 302002.


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