What To Expect During The Funeral

By: Brian K. Daly
Thursday, October 10, 2019

Many people don’t know what to do or how to interact with others during a funeral service. At Ocean County Cremation Service, we encourage people to be prepared, so they're more comfortable and don't inadvertently offend anyone. Here's a look at what you can expect:

1. Arriving at the Funeral

It is bad form to arrive late at a funeral. You should leave early and plan to reach the venue 10 to 15 minutes early. This will also help you find a parking spot easily. If you do arrive late, enter the venue quietly and sit in the back to avoid disturbing the service.

2. People will Express their Grief

Different people have different ways to express their grief. Some will cry or become angry, while others will have a calm look and seem unaffected. It is a good idea to respect everyone's expression of grief and not judge them during this difficult time. If you're uncomfortable with the outpouring of grief, take a short break away from the venue to collect yourself. Funerals have an emotionally charged atmosphere that can affect you even if you weren’t close to the deceased.

3. Speaking with the Grieving Family Members

Most people don’t know how to speak with grieving family members during the service. The best option is to observe their body language and how they interact with others before approaching them. Offer your condolences and listen to what they have to say. You should only engage in conversation if they seem inclined to speak. Sometimes silent companionship and physical affection like a hug are all the grieving people need from their friends and family.

If you want to know more or want to arrange for a service, contact us at Ocean County Cremation Service today. We’ll be happy to help.

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