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Funerals play a key role in allowing us to mourn the passing of a loved one and honor the life that they lived. However, some people may feel uncomfortable about attending a funeral for the first time because they do not know what to wear or how to behave. Observing proper funeral service etiquette is an important part of paying your respects to the deceased and their family. Here are some tips to help you feel more at ease at the service.
The first thing we think about when preparing to attend a funeral is what we should wear to the service. In many cultures, black attire has been the expected garb at a service. Black is a somber color and has traditionally been the color of mourning.
Nowadays, clothing etiquette for funeral services is not quite so stiff. This does not mean show up in shorts and sandals, but black is not a requisite for attending a funeral. A safe way of deciding an outfit for a funeral is to think of what you would wear to a job interview, formal meeting, or religious service. Funeral service attire should typically be conservative in both style and color. Just remember, you can never go wrong with black.
Remember that funerals call for a classy formal look. Appropriate attire for men attending a funeral includes:
A tie may not be necessary for every family’s funeral, but it is always a safe option. Clothes men should avoid wearing to a funeral include: