When you enter one of the funeral homes in Gilford, NH, you are there for a special purpose. Generally, you are attending a funeral for someone you knew, and you want to show your respects. Sometimes, you are attending a funeral to support a friend and show your sympathy. Either way, there are certain rules and customs you should know so you behave appropriately and don’t add anything negative to an already hard day. Here are a few rules to take note of:
Dress In An Appropriate Manner
This can be hard to follow because you don’t always know how the family will be dressed or what they want from the services. People who offend others at funerals usually do it on accident because no one really wants to start a problem or draw attention to themselves at these events. To ensure you don’t, dress in a conservative manner. Business casual is usually a good way to go. You don’t always have to wear black, but a darker color is safer. If the family has asked for something specific, like wearing the color red in honor of their loved one’s favorite, try to follow those instructions.
Arrive On Time Or Early
Coming to a funeral late is never a good idea. You don’t want to draw attention to yourself when you walk in late. Plus, it can distract from the service and is considered very rude. Get there a little early or, at the very least, in time before things get started. It is hurtful to not be timely around such an important event.
Remain Quiet And Respectful
Even if you are on time, there are other things you can do to distract others from the service. If your phone goes off in the middle of the eulogy or your child throws a fit in the midst of a moving solo, it’s not cool. Leave your phone in the car and get a babysitter for your child if you don’t think they can handle it. If your child is young enough, sit near the back so you can scoot out at the first cry.
Help When You Can
Families are going through a lot when they are mourning and if you are able to help in any way, whether you are part of the family or not, you should. You can carry pictures to the car, pack up leftover food after the reception, or offer to deliver flowers to local nursing homes.
It’s hard to know how to act around funeral homes in Gilford, NH and not everyone feels comfortable in the situation, but everyone has to attend services at some point. If you want more ideas on how to act and what to do, contact the professionals at Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services. We are committed to arranging final services as well as helping support those going through a hard time.