What to Say
It is often very difficult to know what to say when trying to comfort someone grieving at a funeral service. It is an incredible emotional time for the bereaved, with some finding themselves overwhelmed. It is therefore important to show affection and offer your genuine condolences.
Expressing your sorrow at their passing, and recounting warm remembrances, stories and accomplishments about the deceased are thoughtful ways to offer your condolences.
While it is important to try and comfort those that are grieving, it is equally key to be aware of when your condolences have been gratefully received and acknowledging when someone needs their own space.
What To Do
Make sure you are aware of when the funeral service is scheduled to begin, and ensure that you arrive on time and are not late. Upon arrival at the chapel, follow the funeral director’s instructions, as they will direct you to your seat. Typically, family members sit towards the front, close friends behind them, while acquaintances tend to sit towards the rear.
During and after the ceremony, it is important to be respectful to the bereaved family and friends. Offer your condolences and acknowledge the feeling of the service, avoiding any inappropriate behaviour.
Funerals are emotionally painful for those close to the deceased, but being respectful and offering your sensitive support will be appreciated.