If someone you know passes on and you want to pay tribute to them and share your condolences with their family members, you will want to make a visit to the funeral home in Orlando, FL holding their final services. If the services are going to be on the traditional side, that could mean a visitation and then a funeral later. If you want to attend the visitation, here are some tips to help you figure out how to traverse that particular type of event.
Tip 1: You Don’t Have To Stay
Visitations are generally a few hours long and they are more of an open house. You don’t have to get there right at the beginning and stay until the end. In fact, most people don’t. The closest family members may be there for the duration, but everyone else will come and go. And actually, it’s better that way. You won’t overwhelm the family with too many people at once. When you show up, briefly tell the family you are sorry and then you can move on, view the person who passed on, look at any memorial tables that might be set up, and take your leave when you are ready.
Tip 2: Keep Greetings Short
The visitation service is not the time or the place for you to catch up with people who are mourning. They are emotional and dealing with a lot. They may even be overwhelmed by the people showing up for the visitation. When you speak with the family, keep things brief and to the point. If you really do want more time with them, contact them in a few weeks to check up on them and invite them over for coffee to talk further.
Tip 3: Consider Your Attire
It’s okay to stop in on a visitation between other things you have going on, but you will want to make sure you are dressed properly. Stopping in between work meetings in nice work-related attire will be fine. Stopping by after going to the gym, before you go home to shower is not fine. You want to dress in a respectful manner that looks like you put thought into what you would wear to show your condolences.
Tip 4: Drop A Card
Whether you are going to attend the funeral or not, it’s always nice to bring a card to the funeral home to leave at the visitation. The family will later remember that you were there, and they will appreciate your sentiments. If you are unable to go to the funeral, it’s even nicer to show up for the visitation and to bring a condolence card.
If you have never been to a visitation, or it’s been a long time and you are wondering what might have changed, funeral homes in Orlando, FL can help you with your questions. The professionals at Baldauff Family Funeral Home and Crematory take calls from people who want to know what to wear or what to bring often. We want to support you through the services you are going to attend.