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What to Expect During the Funeral?

Published: August 11, 2020
by Franklin Rainear Jr.

Does the thought of attending funerals make you feel nervous? You’re not alone. At Affordable Funeral & Cremation, we’ve noticed that most people feel uncertain and don’t know what to expect during a funeral. That’s especially true for people who haven’t attended one before. Here’s a look at what you can expect:

1. Arriving on Time

Guests should come at least 10-15 minutes before the service is scheduled. Plan your trip accordingly and take unexpected delays into account. If you’re late, find a seat at the back and slip in quietly to ensure your arrival doesn’t disrupt the service.

2. Finding a Seat

Funeral directors will guide guests to their seats based on the family’s preferences. The seats at the front are reserved for close family and friends. It is best to avoid those seats unless the funeral director asks you to go there or the family invites you.

3. Viewing the Deceased

Guests won’t be able to see the body if the service is closed-casket or restricted. Families choose closed-casket services if they believe the body isn’t in a good enough state for viewing. Some families choose restricted viewing and only allow close family members to see the body. The funeral director will provide instructions on viewing. You can also choose not to see the body if it makes you uncomfortable.

4. Graveside Ceremony

If the family has chosen a burial over cremation, there'll be a small graveside ceremony and burial service. This is usually held at the cemetery instead of the funeral home so you will need to travel to that location.

5. Reception

Reception happens after the funeral director has dismissed the guests. It is an intimate gathering at a family member’s home or a restaurant. It is usually reserved for close relatives and friends so you should only attend if a family member invites you.

If you want to know about our funeral services during, don’t hesitate to call us or contact us at Affordable Funeral & Cremation today.


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