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.
Attending a funeral isn’t something you do every day. What is the proper funeral etiquette? What are you supposed to say and do? And perhaps more importantly, what are you not supposed to say and do?
Here is our brief guide on funeral etiquette, including what to say and do (or not) for when you attend a funeral. First, we address how guests should act, followed by ideas of what to say to the bereaved family. And finally we have a section on funeral etiquette for the immediate family.