It can be hard to prepare yourself for the emotions you may experience at a funeral. But there are a number of things you can do to ensure you are received as polite and respectful. At Mountain View, a funeral home and cemetery in Tacoma, we think the following funeral etiquette tips will help you make the best impression.
If you are visiting one of the many funeral homes in Tacoma, it is expected that you dress formally. Wear clean, conservative clothing that is comfortable for you. Although wearing black is not required, it is typically the norm to wear dark clothing that does not attract attention.
You do not need to say hello to everyone attending the funeral, especially if there are a lot of people. People will understand if you do not have the time or emotional energy to greet everyone. When you greet people, simply say hello and thank them for coming. It’s fine to have longer conversations with certain people, but remember that you don’t need to have long conversations with each guest.
The first row or two of seats are typically reserved for the family of the deceased. At many funeral homes, guests unintentionally end up isolating the family by sitting in the back rows. Invite others to sit closer to the front, and remember that it’s fine to ask non-family guests to move if they are in the front rows.
Dealing with Uncomfortable Condolences
Even if they mean well, some people do not know how to act at a funeral, so be prepared to receive one or two insensitive or inappropriate condolences. Give these people the benefit of the doubt if you can, and remember that it’s hard to find the right words. Feel free to tell people you would rather not talk, thank them for coming, and walk away.
For more tips on how to observe proper funeral etiquette, call Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park, and Crematory at (888) 757-3958. We are one of the leading funeral homes in Tacoma. Click over to our website for more information.
Have you been asked to write a eulogy? While many people are fearful of public speaking, delivering a eulogy does not have to be an unpleasant experience. You were probably asked to write the eulogy because of your relationship to the deceased, and because the family of the deceased trusts you to honor his or her memory. With this in mind, think about how you became close to the deceased. Recall humorous or touching experiences that represent the essence of the deceased. As you write your thoughts down, think about what others admire and love about the deceased. Reflect on what you miss most about the deceased. As you write the eulogy, remember that it is not supposed to be perfect, and the audience will be on your side through the process.
For more tips on writing a eulogy, call Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park, and Crematory at (888) 757-3958. Visit our website to learn more about what separates us from other funeral homes in Tacoma.
Going through the pain and difficulty of grief may feel unbearable at times. Fortunately, you do not have to experience your grief alone. At Mountain View, one of the most widely known funeral homes in Tacoma, we have helped connect many people to grief support groups. To learn more about the benefits of grief support groups, continue reading.
Companionship and Understanding
While friends and family are also important in the process, they probably won’t be able to fully “get it” if they haven’t personally experienced the loss of a loved one. In a grief support group you will meet with a group of roughly ten people who are going through their own feelings of grief. Being with others who are experiencing similar challenges to your own can be very helpful in the healing process.
We live in a society that frequently judges others for talking about unpleasant emotions. But unlike the society in which we live, grief support groups are a guilt-free space. This safe and nonjudgmental atmosphere is in place so that group members can openly share their stories without the guilt or discomfort of being judged for it. In addition to sharing your story, you will be able to hear the stories of others, which can be very helpful in your own process of grieving.
Learn Coping Skills
Grief support groups are not only a space to speak, listen, and share—they are also spaces in which to learn. Professionals who are knowledgeable about the grieving process facilitate grief support groups. They will be able to teach coping skills that are very helpful along the grieving process.
For more information about the grief support services we offer at Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park, and Crematory, click over to our website. Feel free to give us a call at (253) 584-0252 if you have any questions about the services we offer at our memorial park in Tacoma.
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