Etiquette Tips for Attending a Co-Worker’s Funeral

Losing a co-worker can be a shattering event, whether you knew the person well or were only acquainted. If you are going to be attending the memorial service of a co-worker, you may be wondering what the appropriate etiquette is. Here are some general guidelines that may help you.

Dress appropriately. It’s appropriate to dress tastefully and conservatively when attending any funeral. Even if your workplace is a casual-attire environment, you should err on the side of respectfulness when choosing what to wear to a co-worker’s funeral. Even if you do not think your co-worker would have been bothered by casual attire, consider the feelings of his or her family and friends.

Be respectful. Whatever kind of relationship you had with the deceased, it’s important to be tactful and respectful while you are at the funeral. Remember that your co-worker’s loved ones are present. Do not interrupt other people or tell inappropriate jokes. If invited to speak, you can tell stories about your co-worker, but remember to keep it complimentary and positive.

Offer your condolences. You should take the time to speak to the family and friends of your co-worker before you leave the memorial service. If you don’t know them, you can introduce yourself, but keep it short and polite. If you did not know the deceased well, simply saying “I’m sorry for your loss” is a respectful and appropriate way to offer condolences.

At Inglewood Park Cemetery, we recognize that the death of a loved one is a difficult time for any family, and we work to provide you with the resources you need. We have provided the community with more interments than any other cemetery in the Greater Los Angeles Area which we have served for more than a hundred years. If you are looking for a cemetery serving the Los Angeles area, contact us today at (310) 412-6500.

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