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Funeral Etiquette

The Funeral Etiquette category covers questions of etiquette surrounding funerals, wakes and memorials. Articles will include information on matters of protocol,what to wear, who to honor and how to serve. We'll answer questions you may have about what's right and how to relate to the family of the deceased and more.

7 Things Not to Write in a Sympathy Message
Don't make these mistakes when writing a sympathy message to someone who is grieving.

American Flag Etiquette
Know the proper etiquette of respect for the American flag.

Avoid Saying These Things at a Funeral
Emotions typically run high at funerals, so follow proper etiquette to prevent saying the wrong things. Here is a list of 9 things you shouldn't say.

Etiquette of Social or Ceremonial Obligations
Know what you are obligated to do for various social events.

Frequently Asked Questions About Funeral Etiquette
Learn the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about funerals, memorial services, visitations, and wakes.

Funeral Attendance Etiquette

Funeral Etiquette Dos and Don'ts
When someone passes away, you want to show your respects and provide comfort to the surviving family members. Learn what to do or not to do at the funeral.

Funeral Etiquette for Those in Mourning
During the difficult time after a family member passes away, it is often easy to forget about your manners. Here are a few etiquette tips to deal with the stress of a funeral.

How to dress appropriately for a funeral or memorial service.
How to dress appropriately for a funeral or memorial service.

How to Help a Friend in Mourning
Provide comfort for friends who have recently lost a loved one.

How to Write a Sympathy Card
Learn the proper way to write an expression of sympathy for the loss of a loved one.

Is it Appropriate to Bring Food to the Family of the Deceased?
Understand the etiquette of bringing food to those in mourning.

Know the proper things to say to express your sympathy at a funeral.
Know the proper things to say to express your sympathy at a funeral.

Know what to do during the visitation or wake before a funeral.
Know what to do during the visitation or wake before a funeral.

Know what to expect at a visitation before a funeral or memorial service.
Know what to expect at a visitation before a funeral or memorial service.

Memorializing with a Donation
Know the proper etiquette of making a donation in the name of the deceased.

Most Common Funeral Etiquette Practices
Show your respect for the deceased by following the most common etiquette practices. Learn what to wear, how to express sympathy, and how to act during the visitation, wake, memorial service, and burial.

Proper Etiquette for Sending Funeral Flowers
Follow proper etiquette when sending funeral flowers.

Should I Send Flowers to the Funeral or Memorial Service?

Social and Family Manners
Explanations and tips for good manners and proper etiquette in social and family situations.

Sympathy Etiquette for the Loss of a Father
Know what to do when a friend's father passes away.

Sympathy Etiquette for the Loss of a Mother
Proper etiquette for helping after a friend's mother passes away.

Sympathy Etiquette for the Loss of a Pet
Know how to show sympathy when a friend or family member loses a pet.

Thank You Note Samples After Receiving Funeral Flowers, Donations, or Food
Send a thank you note for flowers, donations, or food after a funeral.

Understand proper etiquette about a child attending a funeral.
Understand proper etiquette about a child attending a funeral.

Understanding sympathy notes
Understanding sympathy notes

Wedding and Funeral Etiquette
Learn the rules of good manners before, during, and after weddings and funerals.

What Should I Write In A Letter To An Acquaintance Who Just Lost Her Husband?

What to Write in a Sympathy Card
Examples of what to write in a sympathy card or note.

Where Do I Go When I Get to the Funeral or Memorial Service?
Know where to go when you get to the funeral or memorial service.

Words of Condolence
Take some time to think of the most appropriate words of sympathy to offer a friend after a loved one passes away.

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