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Funeral Procession Etiquette and Guidelines

November 05, 2020 by Barb Bloomquist
Featured, Funeral Etiquette

Most of us have either witnessed or been part of a funeral procession. The images are somber and moving, alerting the entire community that one of their own has died. Growing up in small-town Iowa, I remember more than a few occasions when my parents pulled over our car to wait for what seemed to be an endless stream of cars driving by in slow-motion, headlights beaming, flags proudly waving. Once the final car passed, we’d proceed. 

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Funeral Etiquette: What to Say When Someone Dies

January 17, 2020 by Alyssa McNab
Featured, Funeral Etiquette

It’s the news no one wants to hear: Someone you care about has lost a loved one. When you know the person who is grieving, but don’t know their loved one well (if at all), it can be especially difficult to decide what to say. Later, when supporting the person during and after the visitation, funeral or memorial service, it can also be tough to know how to express your sympathy.

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What to Wear to a Funeral, Visitation or Celebration of Life Service

September 20, 2018 by Homesteaders Life Company
Featured, Funeral Etiquette

The discussion on what to wear happens pretty frequently when people get together for an event. It’s human nature to be concerned about fitting in and looking appropriate for the situation you’re walking into. It’s for this reason that you can find hundreds of articles, blogs, etiquette columns and Pinterest pins about what to wear to a funeral.

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The Meaning Behind Funeral Flower Arrangements

March 09, 2018 by Sarah Loghry
Featured, Funeral Etiquette

Choosing the right flowers to represent a lost loved one can be trickier than it seems. Each flower can have different cultural or religious meanings and sending the wrong type of flower to a funeral could lead to offending a grieving family.

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A Guide to American Flag Etiquette and Traditions

June 08, 2017 by Homesteaders Life Company
Featured, Funeral Etiquette

The United States holds the service of those who protect our country in very high regard. One of the most symbolic ways we show our appreciation is by incorporating the American flag into the traditions and rituals of military and police funerals. The distinctive stars and stripes are a symbol of patriotism, bravery and history. Such a powerful symbol comes with its own unique traditions and funeral etiquette.

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7 Etiquette Rules to Follow When Attending a Funeral Service

February 23, 2017 by Danielle Burmeister
Funeral Etiquette

The way we memorialize our deceased loved ones has changed dramatically over the last decade, making it harder than ever to understand “proper” funeral etiquette – especially since what is appropriate for one service may not be appropriate for another.

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A Guide to Memorial Day Origins and Traditions

May 26, 2016 by Danielle Burmeister
Funeral Etiquette

Memorial Day is just around the corner, and many of us are making plans to attend ceremonies at area cemeteries, town parades, neighborhood barbecues and local Veterans’ celebrations. We thought we’d take a moment, though, to recap some of the rich history behind this important holiday. 

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