Funerals are relatively final ceremonies where everything is planned and the staff at the funeral home helps manage it. However, attending one is still an intimidating experience for many people. They don't want to step on anyone's toes, but they want to make sure their compassion and support comes through. At The Jerry Spears Company, we have seen many people hover uncertainly in the background. Here’s a look at what you can expect during a funeral:How to Arrive at a Funeral
It is best to arrive 10 to 15 minutes before the event is scheduled. Most funeral homes provide adequate parking facilities but you may still end up with no space available if you arrive too late. If you are late, make sure your arrival causes no disruption. Find a seat at the back so no one notices the arrival.Seating
The front seats are reserved for the family members and intimate connections. Find a seat in the middle or somewhere along the back if possible. If you're close to the family, they may invite you to sit with them. It's common for close friends and partners to sit with the family on such occasions.Order of Funeral Services
Most services have an order like a theater performance. You will know when to sing hymns, what names should be included, and what activities require participation. Some people have more casual ceremonies that don’t include religious rites. These ceremonies may include symbolic gestures like releasing a balloon, planting a tree, or something similar.Crying Family Members
People cry at funerals and it can be uncomfortable, especially if you’re not close to the family. Offering comfort can be as simple as handing a few wipes to the grieving person next to you. There’s no need to speak if you’re not certain about what you should say.
If you want to know about our support and funeral services, don’t hesitate to contact us at The Jerry Spears Company. Our team will be happy to help.