Are you going to be attending a service at a LaFeria, TX funeral home at some point in the near future? Whether you’re going to a viewing or an actual funeral, you should make sure you’re on your best behavior at a funeral service. It’s not the time to be joking around with your friends or playing around on your cell phone. Funeral services are very solemn occasions.
If it’s been awhile since you’ve attended a service at a funeral home, it’s a good idea to brush up on your etiquette beforehand. It’ll prevent you from causing a scene and ensure you show the proper respect to the deceased and their family at all times. Here are 5 tips that will help you follow the proper etiquette procedures at a funeral home.
Show up early for a funeral service.
If a funeral service in LaFeria, TX is scheduled to start at 10 in the morning, plan to arrive no later than 9:45. This will allow you to track down a parking spot, make your way into the funeral home, and find a place to sit. If you cut it any closer than that, you could end up disrupting the funeral service when you arrive. You could also force the family to delay the start of the service if others show up late with you.
Keep your voice down.
This should really go without saying. But if you’re attending a funeral service, it’s not the time to socialize and catch up with old friends and family members. There will be plenty of time to chat with those attending a funeral service later. During the actual service, keep your voice down and resist the urge to talk at all if you can.
Avoid sitting in seats reserved for immediate family members.
While it’s a good idea to show up to a funeral service early and get seated, you shouldn’t sit down in any seats reserved for the deceased person’s immediate family members. You’re better off looking for a seat somewhere in the back where you can blend into the crowd without attracting too much attention to yourself.
Let your kids know that they need to keep quiet and behave, if you plan on bringing them.
Are you going to be bringing your kids along with you to the funeral service? If they’re old enough to understand what’s going on, it might be OK. But if they’re too young, they could end up making a lot of noise and distracting others. Regardless of how old they are, tell them they need to avoid acting up and be quiet during the service. Otherwise, they could distract others who are trying to grieve.
Excuse yourself if you can’t control your emotions and are distracting others.
There are inevitably going to be people crying at a funeral service. You might be one of them. You’re welcome to cry, but if you feel like your emotions are getting the best of you at any point, consider excusing yourself for a few minutes so that you can collect yourself. You don’t want to make it hard for others to concentrate on channeling their own emotions at the service.
McCaleb Funeral Home hosts lots of funeral services throughout the course of a year. We can provide you with more funeral etiquette tips if you would like. We can also give you more information on the LaFeria, TX cremations we perform. Contact us at (956) 968-7533 today or visit us at 900 W 4th St, Weslaco, TX 78596 to hear about our funeral planning services.