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February 17 2020

5 Things You Should Never Do While Inside Funeral Homes


Most people know that they should never yell or crack jokes inside funeral homes. But there are other things you shouldn’t do in them as well. Take a look at some of these things.


You probably don’t need us to tell you that you shouldn’t make a lot of noise when visiting one of the funeral homes in West Valley City, UT for funeral services. You’re going to disrupt others and make it difficult for them to mourn if you’re carrying on and making too much noise. There are also many other things you should avoid doing when visiting a funeral home. Here are 5 things you should never do while inside funeral homes.

Wear something that distracts others.

People don’t necessarily need to show up for West Valley City, UT funeral services wearing all black anymore. But they should put on something that is modest so that they don’t stand out and distract other people. For men, that usually means a dark-colored suit, while for women, it means a dark-colored dress. You can step outside the box a little when it comes to what you wear to a funeral, but you should avoid wearing anything that’s too colorful, too bright, or too busy.

Crack jokes.

Following funeral services, most families will hold a reception where people will gather to share stories about their loved ones. During these receptions, joking around and laughing is allowed and even encouraged many times. It’s good for families to smile while talking about their loved ones. But you shouldn’t crack jokes too soon. Save any stories or jokes that you think of while in a funeral home for later.

Talk on your cell phone (or use your cell phone at all!).

It’s not exactly a secret that most people are glued to their cell phones these days. They spend hours on them each day talking, texting, checking emails, playing games, and more. You might love playing on your cell phone in other places, but you shouldn’t do it in a funeral home. You should consider leaving your phone out in the car to steer clear of being tempted to use it.

Walk around in areas where you’re not supposed to be.

Funeral homes are often filled with beautiful rooms that are used to pay tribute to the dead. While attending funeral services at a funeral home, you might find yourself wandering around and looking at all these rooms. You should try not to do this since it could cause you to inadvertently interrupt the services held for someone else. Stay in the designated areas where your loved one’s funeral services are taking place.

Leave your child unattended.

There is some debate over whether or not kids belong in funeral homes. Generally speaking, there’s nothing wrong with bringing kids of any age along to funeral services. But if you do it, be prepared to keep a very close eye on them. You don’t want them to cause a scene when you’re not around and ruin everyone else’s experience.

At Larkin Mortuary, we’re experts as far as funeral etiquette is concerned. We can help keep your guests in line when you schedule your loved one’s West Valley City, UT funeral at our funeral home. We can also help you keep your sanity while making funeral arrangements for your loved one. Reach out to us at (801) 363-5781 or come and visit us at 260 E South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 to sit down with a funeral director.


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