When Skipping a Service is Acceptable

Published: February 14, 2022
by Paul R. Young Funeral Home

After the death of a loved one, it can be beneficial to go to their funeral service. There are instances, however, when it can be better not to go to the service. There are many instances when this may be the case and it can help to know when it is acceptable to send your condolences but not go. Here are the things that providers of cremation services in Cincinnati, OH want you to remember.

If you see that the service has not been announced online or through the obituary, this can mean that the family would prefer to have a private service. Lots of families opt for this since it can offer them a more intimate service. If you have not received an invitation, be sure to ask someone close to the family about this so that you can know if it is appropriate or not to go to the service. You do not want to just show up if they would prefer to have a smaller service.

A service that will take place in a location far enough that you would have to travel can also be a concern. You may not be able to afford to go or you may not be able to take the time to do so. If that is the case, you want to let the family know. This is a completely valid reason not to go to the service so you will not offend anyone. Consider sending something to let them know you are thinking of them. It can be flowers or even a care package.

Another thing you want to remember is that if you are ill, you do not have to go to the service. You do not want to make other people sick or get worse. If you are sick, be sure to let the family know and send them your condolences.

If you have children and cannot find anyone to watch them while you go to the service, it may be better to not go to the service. Young children can get fussy and noisy during a long service and the last thing you want to do is bother any of the other guests. It is best to consider skipping the service.

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These are some instances when not going to the service of a loved one may be better. It can be important to always let the family know if you were invited and are not able to go and to offer your condolences. Many people choose to also send flowers or care packages. If you want to know more about attending a service and etiquette tips, you can reach out to a Cincinnati, OH cremation service provider like us at Paul R. Young Funeral Home. We are ready to offer the kind of guidance you need after the loss of a loved one so do reach out to us. You can give us a call right now or you can stop by one of our locations today.

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