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What Not to Do After a Funeral?

You can never forget what it is like to lose a loved one. It alters your relationship with work, family, and friends. While the focus is on the deceased, your loved ones may be mourning alongside you for quite some time. 

While this grieving process should be respected, it does not have to be tedious. It’s important to remember that funerals are often social events where family members gather together, spend time with loved ones who passed away and share their memories of the departed.

Below, we have curated 7 things that you should not do after a funeral. So, keep reading on!


Laugh Out of Turn

Laughing out of turn can cause offense and insult. If you’re feeling emotional, it’s OK to cry or shed tears; but don’t let your emotions take over and make you laugh inappropriately in front of those who are mourning or trying to heal.

Show Up Late

It’s essential to arrive at the funeral home early so you can get settled in and ensure everything looks nice before the service starts.¬†

If you’re late, people will feel like you don’t care about their feelings or respect them as part of the family, and that’s not what anyone wants from their friends and family members after losing someone.

Wear Something Revealing or Loud

When you wear something revealing or loud, it can be challenging for your family and friends to focus on the deceased person’s memory. 

They may feel uncomfortable and distracted by your appearance, which can make them feel uncomfortable and distracted.

Disrespect Cues

It’s important to show respect for the deceased, especially if they are well-known in their community. 

It’s also important to remember that a funeral is a time of mourning and reflection, not an opportunity for you to get drunk and give your cousin a wedgie.

 Make Unnecessary Noise

There’s nothing wrong with saying a few words in memory of a loved one, but if you’re in the vicinity of the funeral and want to say something, wait until everyone else has had their moment. 

If you want to express your condolences, go ahead and do so when there’s no one around, but don’t disrupt the solemnity of the situation by shouting or speaking loudly.

Applaud Out of Turn

After a funeral, it’s essential to respect the privacy of the family and friends. The last thing they want is for people to start making noise and saying things they don’t mean. So, while you may feel like clapping at the end of a funeral, it’s best not to do so out of turn.

Go Out Too Soon

You may want to go out right after the service, but taking your time with things is essential. Give yourself time before making significant decisions or changes in your life.


Whatever your feelings after attending a funeral, it is vital to keep your emotions in check. Remembering the deceased is always a priority in these situations, and the people around you probably feel the same way. 

Do not simply ignore those feelings and strive to move on. Learn from their loss and celebrate their life. After all, that is what funerals are for.