How to Dress for a Funeral at Henderson, NV Funeral Homes

By: Laura Sussman
Monday, February 11, 2019

When most people think about dressing for a funeral, they usually think about abiding by a simple rule – “dress in black.” This doesn’t actually need to be taken literally, except perhaps in the case of certain religious denominations. Rather, this trope about proper attire is meant to highlight a broader truth. If you’re going to soon be attending a service at Henderson, NV funeral homes, you should abide by one simple rule – don’t draw attention to yourself. The rest will fall into place more or less naturally. There are certain times in life where you want to dress to impress and stand out, but a funeral service isn’t one of those times. 

These guidelines should be easy to follow. However, there are certain subtleties about them that a lot of people might wind up missing. 

Men should wear a dark jacket or blazer and avoid bright ties. Other accessories which might draw attention, such as certain kinds of belt buckles or cufflinks, should also be avoided. 

Women should similarly avoid brightly colored jewelry. Low cut dresses or blouses shouldn’t be worn, nor should yoga pants or spandex. Anything that is too revealing or which emphasizes a figure is inappropriate for a funeral service. Women should also make sure that any heels they wear are low at about two inches at the most. Flat shoes are an even better choice, especially if there is a burial at a cemetery, in which case guests would be required to walk on grass to get to the grave. Walking on grass in heels will certainly increase the risk of an accident! 

Too much perfume or cologne should be eschewed. If guests have certain tattoos, they should be covered up with clothing. Be sure that you remain mindful of other guests at the funeral service. 

While these are the standard rules of thumb, it’s important to be mindful that they aren’t set in stone. For example, if the family’s religion requires a certain garb, it should be worn. If the family requests more festive attire at the funeral service, you should obviously follow those instructions. Sometimes, you might find yourself going to a funeral or memorial service not at a traditional venue, such as a church, but somewhere less formal. This is especially true in an era where direct cremations are common. If this is the case, the normal rules will probably be loosened. You can ask the family of the deceased for specific instructions on what to wear if you have any doubts. 

If you have any other questions about appropriate attire for services at Henderson, NV funeral homes, please don’t hesitate to contact Laura Sussman at the Kraft-Sussman Funeral & Cremation Services. With nine years of experience as a funeral director, she’ll answer your questions with professionalism and empathy for your and your family’s needs. You can reach her by calling (702) 485-6500. The Kraft-Sussman Funeral & Cremation Services can be found at 3975 S. Durango Drive, Suite 104 Las Vegas, NV 89147. 

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