When you are invited to a memorial service for someone who has passed on, there are certain standard rules that you can follow to help you to feel comfortable attending. Cremation services in Glade Hill, VA can certainly vary so you will want to find out what kind of service you are attending so you can come prepared. But there are basic things that are true for most cremation services, such as the following.
Wear Muted Colors
Unless you are going to a celebration of life, or if the family has designated that you wear some specific colors or items, it is generally safe to wear colors that are on the muted side. You don’t have to wear black, but neutral colors that are not too loud are generally nice. You will fit in fine, even if you aren’t in black.
Silence Your Phone
Even if the service is a celebration of life, you will want to silence your phone. You are there to honor a life and that is highly important. You don’t want to interrupt the family or anything they are doing at the service. Your phone can be left behind, turned off, or, at the very least, turned onto the silent mode. Don’t check on it, either. It’s rude.
Come On Time
Unless the memorial service is more of an open house and you are able to come and go as you please, make sure you are on time. If there’s an order of events and a specific start time, you want to be there before that time so you can get a seat and fit in without disrupting anyone or anything that is going to go on during the service.
Greet The Family
It’s customary to greet the family who has lost the loved one, even if you don’t know all of them. If you are there to support a certain friend, tell other family members who you are and that you are sorry for their loss. It’s a nice way to let everyone know you are there to support them however you can.
Consider A Gift
While gifts aren’t required or even necessary, you might feel good about offering something to the family in sympathy. You could bring a plant to give to your friend so they can take it home and care for it, remembering both you and their loved one. You can also send a card with money for whatever charity they choose, among many other things.
There are plenty of other things you can think about when you are going to attend cremation services in Glade Hill, VA for someone you know who has lost a loved one. The professionals at Conner-Bowman Funeral Home & Crematory are here to help you every step of the way. We want you to be comfortable attending in support of someone you know and we are here to give you advice and suggestions on what to wear, what to send, and anything else you need along the way.