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Selfies With Hearses

It seems that selfies have become inescapable. Selfie sticks are sold just about everywhere and you will catch people of all ages trying to get just the right angle of themselves. The phenomena, it seems, has now extended as far as funerals. A recent Dallas News article covers a funeral director who was caught takingRead more

Lone mourner at Arlington Cemetary

Is Attendance at a Funeral Important? Rent-A-Mourner Will Eliminate the Concern

Whom do you picture being at your funeral? For most people, it is friends and family, loved ones coming to say goodbye. But what if you don’t have many friends or family? Is there a stigma attached with low funeral attendance? It seems like this may be the case in the UK. Rent-A-Mourner is aRead more

Your Complete Guide to Funeral Etiquette

Funerals are an extremely difficult time for the family of the deceased, however it can also be a stressful time for friends and acquaintances attending the services. You want to pay your respects, but you don’t want to be in any way offensive. You want to express sympathy, but don’t want to be a bother.Read more

Photographing a Funeral: Crazy Idea or a Memento for Posterity?

While many of us may have attended a funeral, it is likely that not many of us have seen a photographer at such a service. Photographing a funeral, you may be asking, what would be the benefit of that? Why would you want to record a time of difficulty and heartbreak? Your initial reaction mayRead more

Yield to funeral processions

  After seeing some confused motorists who aren’t clear on what to do when a line of cars headed to the cemetery passes by, it seemed time to revisit the rules of the road when it comes to funeral processions. These rules aren’t just recommended etiquette – they’re state law. Operators of vehicles in aRead more

How to offer your condolences

  Talking about death is difficult for many people. In fact, it’s so difficult that one doctor wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association that ours is a “death-denying society.” Because we want to pretend death doesn’t exist, we don’t know how to talk about it. This can affect us in many ways:Read more