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What Is a Celebration of Life? Etiquette, What to Expect, & More

Attending a Celebration of Life

What is a celebration of life service? Is this different from a funeral? What should you expect if you’ve been invited to or plan on going to one? What should you wear, and is there any other etiquette that you need to be aware of?

Today, we’re going to be answering these questions for you. We’ll talk all about life celebrations and what to expect. With this information in mind, you’ll be better prepared before you attend one.

Let’s explore together.

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Unable to Attend Funeral Letter (Free Examples)

Can't Attend Funeral Letter - Examples & Tips

If you are unable to attend a funeral, it’s appropriate to let the family know by sending a letter.

This “unable to attend funeral” letter should include condolences and a simple apology for not being able to make it to the service.

Here’s what to write in your letter (or sympathy card), plus some free examples you can use.

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Etiquette for Missing a Funeral

Etiquette for Missing a Funeral

Someone you know has died (or has lost a loved one), but you can’t attend the funeral. Or maybe you’re debating whether or not you should go…

What’s the proper and respectful thing to do?

Today, we’re going to get into the details of how and why

  • Etiquette for missing a funeral
  • What to say when you can’t attend
  • Is it disrespectful to not go to a funeral?
  • Valid reasons for missing a funeral
  • What to do to “make up” for not going

Let’s get right to it.

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Funeral Reception Etiquette: What to Expect, Say, and Do

Funeral Reception Etiquette Guide

Wondering about proper funeral reception etiquette? The answer is probably “yes” if you’ve just attended the service of a loved one, and now you’re on your way to the reception.

Perhaps you’re at a loss for words following the emotion of the day, and you’re not sure what to expect at the reception. You think it’s going to be a bit more laid back than the funeral, and you’re probably right.

But you still might have some questions about what to say and do at the reception. And of course you need the answers fast. We’re here to help with our funeral reception etiquette guide.

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What Is a Visitation? Etiquette, Expectations, & More

What is a Visitation?

In this article we are going to talk about visitations.

You have recently suffered the loss of a friend, acquaintance or co-worker. You are planning to attend the funeral, but are also thinking about going to the visitation. But should you? And exactly what is a visitation? Is a visitation the same thing as a wake or viewing?

Let’s answer these questions and more.

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What Is a Wake? Etiquette, Expectations, & More

What is a wake? Etiquette, FAQs, and More

In this article we are going to talk about wakes. What is a wake? How are you expected to act, and what should you expect? What is the proper etiquette for attending a wake?

And the question most of you are probably wondering but are afraid to ask…

Will you need to view the body in an open casket?

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Should I Attend Both the Wake and the Funeral?

Wake vs Funeral

In this article, we’re going to answer the question, “Should I attend both the wake and the funeral?” In doing so, we’ll tell you what these two memorial events are and talk about the difference between a wake and a funeral.

Let’s say that someone you know has just passed away. You are planning on going to the funeral, and perhaps attending the viewing the night before. Then you receive a call or email from the family of the deceased. They provide you additional details for the wake.

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