Politely Declining Cremation Service Invitations

By: Laura Sussman
Monday, April 1, 2019

It’s inevitable that the people around you are going to lose loved ones. Some of them might be traditionally buried while others might have Las Vegas, NV cremation services. If a friend or co-worker invites you to a memorial service after cremation occurs and you can’t make it, what should you do? You don’t want them to think you don’t care, but you can’t be everywhere at once and you can’t always attend events like these. Here are a few tips to help you politely decline the invitation to attend without offending anyone. 

Send A Handwritten Note 

Many people send sympathy cards to families in mourning and you can do the same. Inside that card, be sure you include a handwritten note. You don’t have to write a book or explain yourself in detail. Simply say that you are sorry you couldn’t make it to the service and that you were thinking of them. They are going through too much right now to need details on your life. Plus, if your reasons aren’t huge, it’s best to leave them out anyway. 

Include A Memorial Gift 

Many people send flowers for memorial services, but that can get overwhelming. If you’d like to send something in your absence, include a memorial gift with your card. You could send a check made out to the family and let them decide where it goes. If you know what charity they support, you could send a donation to that charity in the deceased person’s name. Then, tell the family you did so in your card. 

Give The Family A Call 

The family is going through a lot right now and you may not want to bother them right away. If you aren’t able to call before the service, or you don’t want to weigh them down any further, give them a few days to recover from it all and call them with your sympathies. They might appreciate hearing from you and knowing that you have been thinking of them. 

Offer Your Help 

Either in your sympathy card, or over the phone, offer your help to the family in mourning. You can do any number of things to help them out, depending on your location and theirs. If you’re in the same area, offer to run errands for them, cut their grass, deliver leftover flowers to a nursing home, or whatever else they might need. It’s hard for families to ask for help so be specific in what you offer. 

You will likely be invited to many Las Vegas, NV cremation services over the years and you won’t be able to attend them all. Contact Kraft-Sussman Funeral & Cremation Services by calling (702) 485-6500 for other ideas and ways to show your support to a friend or acquaintance, even if you can’t attend the memorial service they invited you to. You can also stop by and talk with our funeral director for more tips at 3975 S Durango Dr Ste 104, Las Vegas, NV 89147. 

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