When you are invited to a visitation and/or a funeral at one of the local funeral homes in Deland, FL, you might wonder if you should attend one, the other, or both. There are no right or wrong ways to go here and you have to think about your situation individually and do what is best for you and those around you. Here are some instances that might help you decide where you lie.
Attending The Visitation Only
If you did not know the person who passed away very well, but you want to support their family members, visiting them at the visitation within the funeral home is a nice gesture. You can show your support, offer your condolences, and make an appearance so they know you respect what they are going through. Since you are able to speak with the family there, there’s no huge need to also sit through the funeral. It is also nice to attend the visitation if you have been invited to the services, but for some reason can’t attend the funeral.
Attending The Funeral Only
If you are invited to all services, but the funeral is the only thing that works out time-wise for you, it is okay to attend just that service. You can speak with the family there, leave your name in the guestbook, and perhaps bring a condolence card as well. Sometimes, your appearance at the funeral says more to the family than you can yourself. Just being there means a lot. If you knew the person who passed and you feel the need to mourn, being at the funeral over the visitation is also advantageous for you.
Attending Both Services
If you are very close with the family and want to do anything you can to support them, you might even attend both events. If you are a part of the family or a friend who knew the deceased, you might also feel drawn to all of the services so you can get the closure and final goodbye you need yourself while supporting others who are also grieving.
There’s no cut and dried answer as to which service you should attend when someone passes on. You have to evaluate your needs, your relationship to them and their family members, and many other things to see where you would best fit in.
If you have questions about service options or you want advice on what you maybe should or should not attend, the funeral homes in Deland, FL can help you on those topics. Contact the professionals at Baldauff Family Funeral Home and Crematory by visiting with our funeral director at 1233 Saxon Blvd, Orange City, FL or by calling with your questions at (386) 775-2101. We are experts in helping people create memorable final services for loved ones, but we also want to help those around the grieving in supporting them in the best possible manner in whatever way we can.