By: Legacy.com Staff
1 month ago
What is the difference between a memorial service and a funeral? What should I say to the deceased's family at the visitation? Does it matter what I wear? Legacy.com offers advice from experts to help you answer these questions and more.
Floriography (the language of flowers) gives special meaning to different blooms. Sympathy flowers in particular can carry meaningful messages. Find out which funeral flower signifies romance, which is meant for a child, and which one says "I'll always remember you."
Q: "My brother’s funeral was in another state and my immediate family was unable to attend. I’m coordinating a memorial service for him in our hometown. How can I make it appropriate for all in attendance who have many thoughts and religious beliefs?"
Q. What’s the difference between a funeral and a memorial service? I plan to attend a memorial service for an old college classmate, but I’ve never been to one before. What should I expect?
Q. When is it a “must” to attend a funeral or a wake, viewing or visitation? I’m confused about how close you have to be to the people involved, and what is and isn’t appropriate.
A funeral is a time when family members can find forgiveness or compassion for each other and heal fractured relationships — or cement rifts that began far in the past.
To get a better understanding of what we may expect, I turned to a funeral professional, Stuart Clark, owner of McClelland & Slessor Funeral Home in Ontario, Canada. He shared some of the current options in visitation, funerals, and memorial services.
Advice from experts on what is appropriate to wear - and what you should never wear - when attending a funeral, memorial service, visitation or wake.
We live in a world where anything goes. And yet I’m still surprised at some of the things people wear; jeans and sweatshirts to church, shorts at a fine restaurant on a Saturday night, and flip flops for all occasions.
When someone you care about is grieving, it's hard to find the right words. What should you say in a condolence message? What common sympathy expressions should you avoid? What else can you do to comfort a bereaved friend? To help you support a grieving colleague, friend or family member, Legacy.com offers advice from condolence experts.
Even those with the best intentions might say something inappropriate to the bereaved. Hurtful sentiments can damage relationships; so many individuals stay away, fearing they'll say the wrong thing. So what can you do?
More advice on funerals and memorials from Legacy.com experts.