Funeral Etiquette: Part 2
Be on Time:
It sounds obvious, but please arrive at least 15 minutes early. Avoid the rush that usually occurs just before the funeral starts. Nobody wants to be the person that disrupts a service by arriving late.
If you think your child may cause a disturbance at a funeral, you might want to leave him/her with a baby sitter. If you do bring your child, consider having snacks or other distractions to keep him/ her quiet, and try to sit near a door so that you can leave if the need arises. This doesn’t apply to children that are family or have a connection to the deceased. They should have the option to come if they want to. (There is lots of research on the benefits of children attending funerals)
I know that it is mentioned in Part 1 of Funeral Etiquette, but it can’t be said enough. Turn your phone off! It is amazing how many times a cell phone rings during the eulogy or a hymn. It is such a simple common courtesy to turn it off, or better yet leave it in your car.
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