Saying Goodbye to a Loved One

Visiting a Funeral Chapel? Here's What You Need to Know

Visiting a funeral chapel can be an emotionally overwhelming experience. Whether you are visiting to pay your respects to a loved one or friend, you need to consider a few things before attending. Here are three pieces of advice on how to behave and dress when visiting a funeral chapel to pay your respects.

Be Respectful 

When attending a funeral chapel, it is important to remember that this is a solemn occasion for everyone involved. Speak quietly and avoid discussing topics such as politics or religion with other guests unless those topics were important to the deceased person in life. Also, try not to draw attention towards yourself by engaging in conversation with multiple people or monopolising the room with loud stories or laughter. Instead, focus on being respectful and honouring the memory of the deceased person in whatever way feels most comfortable for you.

Think About What You Will Say

When speaking with family members and friends who have gathered at the funeral chapel, try not to say anything that could potentially be seen as insensitive or dismissive of their grief, even if your intention is not malicious. Instead, focus on showing genuine sympathy and compassion towards those who have lost someone close to them.

Dress Appropriately

Most importantly, make sure that your clothing choices are respectful too. Depending on what type of service is taking place at the funeral chapel, it can be helpful to dress conservatively so that everyone in attendance feels comfortable, no matter their background or beliefs. If possible, avoid wearing bright colours (unless the family requests these) or overly casual clothes. Instead, you can choose a piece that is more formal, such as slacks and collared shirts or blouses.


Visiting a funeral chapel can be an emotionally overwhelming experience, but understanding what happens there beforehand can help make things easier. Do some research ahead of time so that you know what kind of activities may take place during services, dress appropriately, be respectful and think about what words come out of your mouth. Following these tips should help ensure that your visit goes smoothly! Ultimately though, it doesn't matter how much preparation has gone into it. All that matters is paying respects from one loving soul to another. If you would like further advice, contact a funeral director near you today. They will be happy to give you tips and advice for the event.