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Funeral Home Services--What To Do Or Not Do

Published: February 7, 2022
by Edline-Yahn & Covington Funeral Chapel

Funeral homes in Tacoma, WA are there to help families create final services for their loved ones when someone passes on. They are also there to help dole out advice to people who aren’t sure what to do around those services. It can feel hard enough to go to a service to honor someone who passed on without being nervous over what you should and shouldn’t do. Here are a few things to remember so you can fit in and pay your respects in the right manner. 

Don’t Bring Noisy Kids 

Some kids do better than others in situations where they have to sit still and be quiet. If you know your child can’t sit still and ‘quiet’ is not a word they understand, then it’s best to leave them at home with a friend or sitter. You don’t want to distract yourself from the service at hand and you certainly don’t want to take time away from other people who are there to do the same thing. These services are important and you need to respect what you, and others, need to get from them. 

Wear The Proper Attire 

Funeral services generally call for conservative attire in black or other dark, solid colors. While that is not required, you do want to wear something nice that will fit in with the services at hand. If you aren’t sure what the family wants or what is normal for a certain funeral home, contact the funeral home and ask for advice. They can give you options as to what would be normal for people to wear to the event. 

Talk To The Family 

It’s often going to feel awkward talking to someone who has just lost a loved one. What can you do? What should you say? Keep in mind that you don’t have to come up with anything huge to say. Nothing you say or do can bring their loved one back. But they do want to see you and they do want you to feel your support. When you attend the funeral home, it’s wise that you approach and talk to the family. They need to know you are there and that you are thinking of them. Avoiding them can make them feel worse, in a way. 

Consider A Card Or Gift 

You don’t have to take anything to the funeral home for the family in mourning, but a card or gift of some kind can be a nice option. Placing a card in the basket at the back of the room gives the family something to read later and remember that you were there supporting them. You can put money or a check inside for a memorial as well and that can also mean a lot. 

When you are in doubt about what to do around services at funeral homes, the professionals at Edline-Yahn & Covington Funeral Chapel are here to offer advice in looking for the right funeral home.

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