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When Is It Okay To Skip A Funeral?

Published: January 9, 2023
by Webb & Stephens Funeral Homes

There are going to be invitations to final services that come to you throughout your lifetime. Generally, when you are asked to appear at funeral homes in Marion, MS, it means a family member or friend has passed on. You are probably going to want to honor that person and you want to attend the service, but it’s not always going to be possible. Here are a few times in which it might be okay to skip the funeral service.

When The Person Isn’t Close To You

If you are invited to a final service and you aren’t particularly close to the person who died, you might be considering sending flowers or a card instead of attending the service. Whether it’s a distant family member, the friend of a friend, or someone else you didn’t feel close to, you might not feel the pull toward the service and that’s okay. Honor them through a gift and support the family from afar and that’s okay. You can send a card letting them know you aren’t able to attend, but you don’t have to say why.

When You Are Far Away

Families tend to spread out as the year's pass and you might be all the way across the country from a family funeral that is taking place. You’d like to be there, but you can’t get away from work, make a flight, and pull things together to make the service in time. Send your regrets and your condolences and everyone will understand. You might live stream the service, if that’s available to you, or ask for a recording later. You can also do a memorial of your own to say your goodbyes.

When You Aren’t Invited

If a close friend of yours dies, but the family wants to have something small and intimate and they don’t invite you, that’s the best reason not to attend. You don’t want to crash a funeral and it’s important that you follow the family’s wishes. Send flowers, a memorial gift, or something else, and let the family know you loved your friend and want to support them in any way you can.

When The Situation Would Be Uncomfortable For The Family

There are many times when situations might be uncomfortable and you would be better off staying away from the funeral. For example, if it’s your ex-spouse that passed away and you aren’t on good terms with their family, you might want to skip the funeral for their sake. You can remember that person on your own and send a card to the family to let them know you’re thinking of them.

When You Attended The Visitation Instead

Funerals are often preceded by visitation services. You can attend one or the other, or both. If you want to attend just one thing, it might be the visitation. You paid your respects and talked to the family, so you might feel like you don’t need to be at the funeral as well.

Talk to the professionals at funeral homes in Marion, MS for more tips.

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