People don’t send out invitations to funerals so it’s not easy to understand if you should attend or not. Funerals help people say their last goodbyes to the decedent and everyone connected to the person has some right and responsibility to be there. Here are some tips that can help you determine whether you should attend a funeral or stay away:Why should you attend a funeral?
If you’re a close friend or member of the family, it’s a good idea to attend.
If you’re a close friend of a grieving family member but didn’t know the decedent, you should still attend.
If you don’t know the family and friends but had a close relationship with the decedent, you can attend and later introduce yourself to the family members.
If you’re invited, the grieving family wants you to be there so it isn’t a good idea to skip.Why shouldn’t you attend a funeral?
If your presence can cause grieving family members and friends any discomfort or pain, it’s a good idea to not attend the funeral.
If you don’t know the decedent or the family members, don’t attend unless you’re a companion of a grieving person or are invited.
If you’re far away from the location of the funeral and don’t have the means to attend it, contact the family and offer your condolences.
If you’re struggling to decide whether or not you should attend a funeral, consider what you might feel a year or two down the line. Most people end up regretting their decision to skip the service so it’s better to bear temporary stress and attend the funeral than to regret it later.
If you want to know more about funeral services, don’t hesitate to contact us at The Jerry Spears Company. Our team will be happy to help.