Because of their delicate and personal nature, individuals often have questions
about what they can do to show respect when visiting a
cemetery for a funeral. Here, you’ll find the answers to common questions
regarding funeral etiquette.
What is proper funeral attire?
While all black is the traditional clothing choice for many types of funerals,
it’s no longer considered a requirement by most people. First, check
your funeral invitation to see if there are any comments regarding preferred
attire. If nothing is indicated, any respectful clothing in dark or muted
colors should be considered acceptable. When visiting a cemetery, keep
in mind that high heels are not a practical choice, as these may sink
into the ground as you walk.
Should I stand or sit at a cemetery service?
While there may be chairs set up at the site, these are typically reserved
for the immediate family. If you are not a close family member to the
deceased, you should plan to stand during the service.
What time should I arrive?
As a display of respect to the deceased and his or her surviving family,
plan to arrive at the location early. This will help ensure that you do
not show up late and interrupt the service in any way.
Should I bring my child to the burial?
The answer to this relies heavily on the age, maturity level, and temperament
of your child. First, consider whether he is old enough to attend this
type of event and not be surprised or scared. Also, consider whether or
not you can expect him to remain quiet and content throughout the burial
at the cemetery. If it’s likely that your child will become fussy,
then it might be best to leave him at home with a family member or babysitter.
Inglewood Park Cemetery, we have served Southern California for over 100 years with dignified
and respectful interment spaces, cremation services, and cemetery memorials
in the Los Angeles area. To learn more about our services, please contact
us today by calling (310) 412-6500.