What to Expect When You Attend a Post-Funeral Reception

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Many families choose to hold a memorial service or reception after the funeral service and burial service are over. The purpose of the reception is typically to thank those who attended the funeral service, and give people a chance to share memories and comfort one another. Here is a look at what you can expect when you attend a post-funeral reception.

Refreshments or a Meal
Most receptions have light refreshments or a meal. The reception may be held in a private home, restaurant, church, or funeral home. Some families request that guests bring dishes to share, and you should always ask the family of the deceased if there is anything that you can bring. If you are considering bringing alcohol to the reception, you should check with the family first. Some religions prohibit the consumption of alcohol at memorial or funeral services.

Sharing Stories and Memories About the Deceased
A post-funeral reception offers mourners the chance to share stories and memories about the deceased in a more casual setting than a funeral home, church, or cemetery. If you choose to share a memory, it’s best if you share one that is positive or light-hearted. You should behave politely and show respect for the family of the deceased at all times. If you did not know the deceased very well, you should not feel pressured to share any memories.

Offering and Receiving Comfort
Another important purpose of a reception is to offer comfort to and receive comfort from other mourners. A reception is an opportunity for grief support, and you should feel free to reach out to others if necessary. You should also offer comfort, support, and sympathy to anyone who needs it.

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