What are the expectations from family friends when a funeral occurs? What is the friend expected to do? Friends of the family often want to do something to help out in times of loss of a family member. Family members need an awful lot of help and support from friends during this time in their lives. The norm requires that a family friend provide encouragement and support during this time of mourning and loss. At times, family members expect their friends to be available to help with decision making issues. Friends can offer help make funeral arrangements or help shop for children clothing. Sometimes a friend may be instrumental in helping to make decisions that can cause more pain or might not be well thought out while grieving. If you are a close friend and simply do not know what to do to help, ‘Ask!’
Death is inevitable. When it occurs, funerals are the final statement of farewell to a loved one. Even though they are one of the issues most find unpleasant, planning and other issues must be handled when the inevitable occurs. When the final episode takes place and your loved one is laid to rest, family members are still in turmoil handling the grief associated with the loss of their loved one. It’s hard for them to maintain control at times. Even if they have everything planned and must only wait for the final service, friends can step in and help relieve some of the pressure. If you are close family friend there are a few things you can do to ease the pressure and help the family along with making sure the service is carried out with as little confusion as possible.
Contact Others and Provide Funeral Details
Family members simply cannot think of all the people needing to be informed of the demise of a member. Their minds are in turmoil and emotions are running high. It’s almost impossible to remember all the details necessary to prepare for the funeral. When a death occurs, contact everyone you can think of and inform them of the details of the funeral. “Do not inform them of the details of the death”. The details of how the member passed can be quite personal. No one other than the family member should inform non relatives of the details. It is only acceptable to state the passing and date. It is appropriate to state the individual passed gently during their sleep or while undergoing surgery. However, any other details should not be disclosed. Family members will provide additional details if desired.
Call Ahead And Get Approval Before Visiting
It is always considered correct to visit the family during their time of mourning. However, it is never advised to arrive impromptu. Always call ahead. Offer your condolences. You might enjoy relaying a personal story regarding the person and how they helped you. Even a statement of how the person impacted your life can ease the pain. You might want to share your love for the individual, relay fund memories of their life. But never is it appropriate to barge in unannounced. The family needs time to themselves. They need time to mourn the loss of their loved one. They need time alone. Unless otherwise stated by the family or a family member, never visit without arranging the visit beforehand.
Prepare Meals or Purchase Meals To Help Out
Entertaining is generally not something the family will find pleasant before the funeral. Yet, they have numerous visitors coming to offer their support. The need to care for these visitors can be quite overwhelming. Food and drinks are something needed in a time of bereavement. If not for visitors, the family needs food prepared. Cooking can be more troublesome. Providing a box of chicken or other prepared meals can help out tremendously. Remember to observe all meal planning and cleanliness rules when preparing food for others. You might have no problem eating food that has been prepared around your pets, but others sometimes do.