General Article Attending a funeral

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Attending a funeral is always a difficult time. If you are attending a funeral for the first time, there may be many questions that you have about funeral etiquette – what happens at a funeral, what to wear, even whether you should attend.

We hope the following information will help to answer some of your questions. Funeral customs and traditions do differ, so our information can only be a guide - if you need more detailed information, the Funeral Director or Celebrant will be in a position to help.


Deciding whether to go to a funeral

Should I attend a funeral?

If you are trying to decide whether or not to go to a funeral then the answer is probably yes – go if you can. You do not need to be invited; a funeral service is open to anyone, unless the family ask specifically that it is a private ceremony. Those arranging the funeral will appreciate you being there.

Taking children

This is entirely a personal decision and it is perfectly acceptable to take children to a funeral,...

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