When someone you know passes away, your first instinct is to offer encouragement, help, and support to those affected — but you may not be sure what to say or do. It’s okay to feel this way.
Does it matter what I wear? Can I bring the children? What should I say to the family of the deceased? When should I visit? We offer guidance on the proper etiquette of visitations and funerals, so you’ll feel more comfortable and prepared for attending services.
WHAT TO SAY
WHAT TO WEAR
WHEN TO VISIT
The funeral home is the best place to visit the family to offer your condolences, as they are prepared for visitors at these services.
Floral arrangements and plants can be sent to the funeral home to be present at services, or sent to the home of the family directly.
WHAT NOT TO SAY
Wait for the family to discuss the cause of death. Do not bring it up yourself.
KEEP THE LINE MOVING
MOBILE PHONE USE
Remembering children in the family is a thoughtful gesture, as this is often a difficult time for them as well. A small gift like a stuffed animal or a book is best.
Time is precious. Helping with household tasks ease the family’s burden. Caring for pets, driving children to school, running errands, or helping around the house are wonderful ways to help the family.