Do You Still Have To Wear Black To A Funeral Or Memorial

By: Danny Amoruccio
Thursday, September 12, 2019

It isn't easy to determine what to wear to a funeral service, especially if you have never attended one before. You want to respect the deceased and their family, but also need to appear presentable. Regular t-shirts and jeans won't cut it, but you also don’t need to bring out your best suit or dress. At Willowbrook Cemetery, we have some tips to help you choose the right attire:

You Don’t Have To Wear Black

Black is the traditional choice because it is safe and has been used for mourning in the Western cultures for centuries. That doesn’t mean you need to go out of the way to buy black clothes or suits specifically for the funeral. You can wear other colors as long as they aren't too bright and flashy. For example, colors like red, yellow, bright pink, etc., aren't appropriate for funerals.

However, colors like dark gray, dark blue, dark green, white, beige, etc., can be appropriate. If you don't have any black attire, you can always choose a subdued color that is suitable for strictly formal environments. It is also a good idea to avoid any bold patterns or prints. Stick with solid colors and conservative cuts as much as possible.

Keep The Environment in Mind

There are several factors to consider when you pick a dress for a funeral or memorial service. Beach or garden funerals have a more casual environment so you might not need to follow a strict dress code. Some cultures use white or red for mourning. It is a good idea to consult with people of the same culture before choosing your attire.

If you want to know about cemeteries or need to book a space, give us at Willowbrook Cemetery a call on 203 222 8646 or contact us through our online form.

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:
Please enter the numbers and letters you see in the image. Note that the case of the letters entered matters.

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

How Do You Say Good-Bye?

When someone very close to you, passes away, saying goodbye isn’t easy. It can be tough to come to terms with your loss and move on. At Willowbrook Cemetery, we know that healing takes time and the...

Easy Ways to Personalize a Funeral Service on a Budget

Depending on the services you opt for, you may find that organizing a funeral can be expensive. Even when you are working on a modest budget, you would still want the service to be unique and speci...

5 Common Misconceptions about Pre-Planning Your Funeral

Although talking about dying isn’t easy, the emotional benefits of planning your funeral outweigh any discomfort you might experience. Common Misconceptions About Preplanning At Willowbrook Cemet...

Celebration Of Life Vs. Funerals

Many funeral services have a distinct theme. The service contains standard eulogies, choral music, and prayers and follows a set structure. The primary goal of a funeral service is to provide conso...

Top Reasons To Pre-Plan Before You Need It

Death is unavoidable. Despite this, we hardly speak about it or debate what it means. However, more people today are keen on pre-planning their funerals. You should consult with the funeral d...

Building a Bucket List

A lot of people consider developing a bucket list. This list covers the different things you'd want to do, the hopes you want to pursue, and the milestones you want to achieve before...

Creating New Family Traditions After Loss

Losing a loved one is never easy and every family must come up with their own ways to cope. At Willowbrook Cemetery, we encourage grieving individuals to come up with new family traditions after a ...

Financial Benefits of Pre-Planning Your Cemetery Plot

Many people are now pre-planning their funeral service. It gives them the flexibility to choose the types of services they want and can plan everything down to the last detail. At Willowbrook Cemet...

Coping With the Death of a Sibling

Most siblings share a unique bond and are close to each other. So, if you lose a sister or brother, which can have a significant impact on your life. Even when you have differences with a sibling, ...

What To Expect After The Funeral (From A Cemetery Point Of View)

The funeral process is a complex ritual with many steps. It can differ from one community to another, even if the communities belong to the same religion. For example, the funeral process between R...