Funerals and memorial services can be emotionally complex events, no matter how well you knew the deceased or how close you are to the bereaved. Knowing what to say, how to dress and what to do can be stressful. Being familiar with the etiquette involved can go a long way to making you feel comfortable to express your own emotions in a way that will not disrupt other guests.
What to Wear to a Funeral or Memorial Service
While it used to be customary to wear all black to a funeral or memorial service, this is usually no longer the case in the US. Most services require you to come conservatively dressed in a suit, dress or formal clothes, but it can often depend on the family’s system of beliefs. Some Christian and Jewish services require head coverings. A Muslim service may require you to remove your shoes. If you have any questions about how to dress, you can always call the funeral home, who may be able to help you determine what’s appropriate.