Observe Best Etiquette During a Funeral VisitationMarshall Willis | October 4, 2018 | 0 | People & Society
No situation puts us to our lowest as death can. Any slight move in the wrong direction will only lead to increased emotional turmoil for the mourners and immediate family members of the deceased. Here are some tips for good behavior while attending Perth funerals or a funeral in the locality where you’re in.
Using your phone
While smart phones have made life easier, they can cause unwanted distraction and harm when used the wrong way. For instance, using a mobile phone while driving can have regrettable consequences for the driver and other road users. When you attend visitation of Perth funerals, it is advisable to leave your phone in your car. If you have to use it, set it to a silent mode and step outside in a private space. Blatantly talking into, staring, or tapping your mobile phone can cause distraction and show rudeness and disinterest on your part.
It is normal to queue to offer condolences to the bereaved family during a funeral visitation. Whether the queue is long or not, try to just maintain your space to the end and offer your condolences. Leaving the line before you offer your sympathy is a sign of disrespect even if you did not know the deceased personally.
Perth funerals may be conducted in a chapel or a funeral home and you never know how the members of the bereaved family and other mourners may take your premature leaving. Words of sympathy are a source of encouragement and strength in the hour of need, even when offered by a person who did not know the deceased at a personal level.
Signing the register book
This is just as important as offering your condolences. Make sure that your name appears in the register book, as this is the only way that the family can trace those who took their time to come and stand with them during a trying moment. If they would like to send a ‘thank you’ note, they would use the register book as well. In most Perth funeral services, you will find a register book placed just beside the remains of the deceased.
The remains of the deceased
In most states, the embalming process is used to preserve the remains of a dead person before the final disposition. Several factors can influence the embalming process including the age of the deceased, nature of death, or experience of the embalmer. Regardless of your judgment of the state of the embalmed body, it is advisable not to comment. You do not know how the loved ones of the dead person will take your remarks. Sometimes it may cause undue stress or pain to the bereaved family. In the same way, it is not wise to comment on the method of disposition the family chooses for their departed loved one. Whether it is a traditional burial or Perth creamations, it is their decision.
In the end, it is important to honor the wishes of the bereaved family regardless of what you think. If you need help, consult the obituary and find the information that you need.