Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Society & CultureEtiquette · 4 weeks ago

I am going to a funeral tomorrow. How does one act at a funeral?

Update:

My cousin killed himself. I have never been to a funeral before. I am 14. 

Update 2:

Like do I smile and talk with my cousins or is that rude since a 20 year old died? 

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  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago
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    You could consider watching and learning from other people. If your older relatives smile and joke around, you should do the same.

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  • PAMELA
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    You act with respect, be quiet and follow what other people do.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    You should look sombre and sad on first greeting people, but then people often relax a bit and chat, even laugh a little.

    At the reception afterwards people can often get kind of hilarious, because the strain of the formal part of the day is over. Just be pleasant and take your cue from other people.

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  • Pearl
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    i would just not say anything during the funeral

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  • drip
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Well smiling is not the best idea, you don’t want to be joking around with cousins. Talk to them, but keep things under control. Most people there will be devastated.  Keep quiet. Talk in hush tones. Make sure to tell the parents and siblings I am sorry for your loss. It may feel awkward to do, but it is the right thing to do 

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  • 4 weeks ago

    I don't recommend smiling.  Maybe take their hand or give a little hug and say "I'm so sorry."  

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  • 4 weeks ago

    I usually just sit quietly and go out when an usher motions for me to go.  People usually walk by the casket at the end of the funeral but sometimes that is not done.

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  • mokrie
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Calm, quiet and say "I'm sorry for your loss" to relatives of the deceased.

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  • Moloch
    Lv 5
    4 weeks ago

    quiet and respectful

    It's fine to talk with others.

    Often people bring up good memories

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Treat it like an ordinary church service, it basically is.

    • Charles
      Lv 5
      4 weeks agoReport

      Not like some churches I have been to.

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