Attending a funeral isn’t easy, and the last thing you want to do when you go is create any awkwardness or additional pain for the grieving family. There are several do’s and don’ts when it comes to funeral etiquette, and our staff at Egizi Funeral Home is always available to you for questions.

Here are some general guidelines that will set you on the right path:

  • When you arrive at the funeral or visitation, sign the guestbook, and then greet the family members. You can also do this when you leave, if you arrive close to the service start time.
  • When you seat yourself, avoid the first several rows. These are typically reserved for immediate family.
  • After you hear of the death, it’s important to call, stop by the home, or send a note as soon as possible. Right here on our website, you have the opportunity to share an online condolence on an individual obituary.
  • Do not post about a death on social media platforms until you are sure everyone close to the family has been notified. A good rule of thumb: If you haven’t seen someone in the immediate family mention the death on social media, or share the online obituary on their page, you probably should not post about it on social media.
  • Sending a gift, such as flowers, plants, or prayer cards is appropriate.
  • Show support by lending a helping hand and offering concrete offers of assistance. You might offer to help them:
    • Pick up guests from the airport
    • Cook meals
    • Run errands
    • Perform household tasks
    • Provide pet or child care

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