What to Expect After the Funeral?

By: George Darte
Tuesday, August 11, 2020

People who attend a funeral are often nervous about the service and don’t know what they should do during it. Should they leave immediately after the service is complete? Should they wait and speak with the family? At Darte Funeral Home, we do our best to guide all attendees to ensure no one feels stressed or anxious. Here’s a look at what you can expect after a funeral:

1. Wait for Dismissal

The funeral director will dismiss the attendees after the funeral service is complete. It isn’t a good idea to leave before this dismissal unless there’s a true emergency. You can take this time to exchange a few words with the grieving family members or offer comfort to people who look like they need it.

2. Reception

Most families will hold a small reception at a different location after the funeral is over. This reception is usually reserved for close family members and friends. You don’t need to attend unless you are invited. If the family wants your presence, they will let you know at some time during the funeral or invite you after the dismissal. It is perfectly alright to deny the invitation if you have a prior appointment. However, it is a good idea to attend if you want to offer some comfort to the family.

3. Support Beyond the Funeral

Offer support to your grieving friends or loved ones by reaching out after the funeral. Keep the communication lines open, offer practical support, and help them when they need it. Even small things like taking them on a drive during weekends or ordering food for them can help.

If you want to know more about funeral services or need to book one, reach out to us at Darte Funeral Home. You can call 905-937-4444 or use our contact form.

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:
Please enter the numbers and letters you see in the image. Note that the case of the letters entered matters.

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

Ideas For Memorializing Your Loved One After The Service

Each and every culture has its own unique traditions for memorializing your loved one. And the origins of memorialization can be traced all the way back to 35,000 B.C. Honoring the memory of a dece...

Grief - What Is "Normal"?

Grief affects people differently, and it’s essential to remember there isn’t a 'normal' way to express sorrow. At George Darte Funeral Chapel, we have worked with many grieving families that have l...

When Does Grief Become Depression?

To live is to experience loss, and loss is an inescapable part of the cycle of life. You can't measure grief in days or weeks. Cultural and contextual variables influence how it manifests, and indi...

5 Ideas For Creating New Holiday Traditions After A Death

When a loved one dies, the traditional holiday season can be challenging to celebrate with family and friends over a delicious meal. Still, it seems only natural to go through the motions of the ho...

The Pros and Cons of Wooden Caskets

Organizing a small, intimate funeral service for a loved one may appear to be a difficult task. Funeral expenses can quickly mount, so it's critical to budget for items such as candles, bouquets, f...

How Much Do Cremation Urns Cost?

These days, cremation is much more popular than burial due to various factors, such as personal preference, environmental friendliness, and cost. Following cremation, the family receives the cremai...

Important Facts To Know About Green Burials

Funeral rites are sometimes planned per established customs, although there are always exceptions. Some people like to prearrange their funerals to ensure everything happens as they'd hoped, while ...

What Cremation Caskets are Available for Purchase?

An intact, totally flammable container must be rigidly put inside the cremation room whenever a body is cremated. This container can be anything from a conventional casket to a box made of cardboar...

How Long Can A Person Be On Hospice?

If your doctor has suggested hospice care for you or a loved one, you may wonder how long patients typically remain in hospice care. It is impossible to respond universally to that question because...

Documentation To Have In Place Before Death

Realizing that you will die someday is a sobering thought, but it is a fact of life that cannot be avoided. The most challenging aspect of estate planning for the typical American is often just get...