Funeral & Memorial Etiquette

Advice from experts on funeral and mourning etiquette


What is the difference between a memorial service and a funeral? What should I say to the deceased's family at the visitation? Should I bring my young children to a funeral? LegacyConnect offers advice from experts on etiquette for attending funerals, planning memorial services, mourning customs and traditions in different faiths, and more.

Attending a Funeral or Memorial Service:

What is a Memorial Service?

Memorial Service Etiquette

Visitation Etiquette

• Visitation and Funeral Etiquette

Photos at Funerals

Children and Funerals

Family Rifts and Funerals

When Not to Attend a Funeral

• Private Funerals

• Finding Closure Without Attending the Funeral

• Being There... When We Can't

• Showing You Care When You Are Far Away

What Not to Wear to a Funeral

Jewish Funerals

• Catholic Funerals

What to Expect at a Unitarian Memorial Service

• Online Funerals

Burials in National Cemeteries

When Attending a Funeral, Preparation Is Key

 Being a Pallbearer

Giving a Eulogy

 

Planning a Funeral or Memorial Service:

Obituary Writing 101

• Who to Include in the Obituary

Writing Star Eulogies, Giving a Eulogy

• Giving Sorrow Words

Memorial Service Etiquette

Tribute to a Dying Loved One

Planning a Memorial Service After a Suicide

When an Infant Dies

When a Teenager Dies

• Casket and Burial Trends

Choosing a Burial Location Can Be Difficult

• Resting Places for Cremation Ashes

Money and Funeral Etiquette

• Asking for Money for Funeral Expenses

• Prepaying a Funeral

• Belated Notifications of Death

• How to Write Thank You Notes After a Death

• Condolence Acknowledgements

 

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Comment by Andrea Hilley on December 24, 2012 at 2:50pm

Hallo I want to sent my greetings Andrera Hilley to my cusins in lompoc, the children of mildred and henry hilley

Comment by pamela richardson on August 30, 2012 at 8:27am

I WANTED TO TELL THE FAMILY OF"HERMAN WALLACE"WE ARE SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS~~AND OURS,WE ALL LOVED HIM VERY MUCH,AND WILL FOREVER LIVE IN MY HEART!WE ARE HERE FOR YOU ALL IF YOU SHOULD NEED ANYTHING AT ALL.LOVE,FRIEND,PAMELA RICHARDSON & PHILIP.

Comment by Sheryl Renee Ceremony Vocals on November 26, 2011 at 8:02am

I just wanted to leave a note and say how much I appreciate the thoroughness of this page! As a ceremony vocalist I know how hard and confusing this period is for families and loved ones. Here they can find facts and answers to most questions concerning the ending of a life. THANK YOU, LegacyConnect.

Comment by John Wayne Gerverick on July 1, 2011 at 8:28am

Sincere condolence to all Marlene's family.  Kathleen, Julie, Emily, John, Bob, Jean, Jane,

Marion and their progeny.

John Wayne Gerberick, Oxford, Ohio

Comment by Sass A. Frass on May 13, 2011 at 10:19am
@ Lisa, I'm sorry about the loss of your son. It may depend on your local newspaper. In Oregon, unpaid obituaries are published as a community service on a space available basis. Every effort is made to publish them on or before any date of service listed in the obit. When there is no service date mentioned, unpaid obituaries are published as space allows. These are generally pretty basic. If people want to write their own and/or add a photo, or add to the free one, they're typically charged by the word and a separate fee for the photo.
Comment by Sass A. Frass on May 13, 2011 at 10:19am
@ Lisa, I'm sorry about the loss of your son. It may depend on your local newspaper. In Oregon, unpaid obituaries are published as a community service on a space available basis. Every effort is made to publish them on or before any date of service listed in the obit. When there is no service date mentioned, unpaid obituaries are published as space allows. These are generally pretty basic. If people want to write their own and/or add a photo, or add to the free one, they're typically charged by the word and a separate fee for the photo.
Comment by Lisa Ann Martin-Kelly on March 9, 2011 at 6:58pm
To Corrine-I agree with you but it is not free. when my son passed away in 2008, it was $90.00 a day in the only newspaper that we have.
Comment by Corrine Cayton on January 16, 2011 at 11:33pm
I do not understand why next of kin, the immediate family would not bother to even put a death notice in the local paper? It's free! My fiance died and his son the executor of his estate did nothing to acknowlege the death of his father. Joe died sudden and unexpected. Out of respect I waited for someone to take responsibility. It did not happen. I finally put in my own personal memorial in the local paper. Joe had many friends that were devestated as I was with his sudden passing. A fellow coworker from the railroad that Joe had worked at for many years finally took it upon himself to put together a celebration of life for this wonderful man. Very strange way of dealing with the death of your family member. If Joe and I had been married it most certainly would have been a proper and respectful acknowledgment of a wonderful human being that once walked this earth. It is a shame.

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