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Funeral Attire

A few items to note regarding funeral attire:

  1. dressing the recently departed
  2. dressing yourself for the showing
  3. dressing yourself for the funeral

Dressing the recently departed is the last item on your mind. Without giving this too much thought, we recommend to go with your gut ... what do you think the departed would like? This is their day and should look as most would see them. If the recently departed wore flannel most days of the week, consider having the caretaker dress him or her in a flannel. If they were accustom to wearing a suit or dress to special events, consider using his or her suit or dress.

If you are part of the immediate family, wear something comfortable to the showing. The event will be long and emotionally charged. If you are not part of the immediate family and/or do not plan to stay for the full duration, we suggest wearing a nice shirt/tie, suit or dress. This is especially true if you do not plan on attended the funeral.

Dark colors are symbolic of respect. Wearing a dark colored suit or dress to a funeral is appropriate. When the funeral is over, you can change into something more comfortable prior to the post funeral gathering. Ultimately, those closest to the recently departed, should dress in whatever they feel most comfortable wearing.


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