It’s customary to hold a reception after the funeral service, although
it’s certainly not required. Usually, the reception is held at the
family home. Some families find it easier and more convenient to hold
the reception at the
funeral home, if a space is set aside for this purpose. The reception is a wonderful
opportunity to share a meal and enjoy fellowship while celebrating the
life that was lost.
Don’t Attend Without an Invitation
Post-funeral receptions vary widely from family to family. Some receptions
are small, intimate gatherings that consist only of the immediate family
members, while others are large affairs that include family, friends,
colleagues, and neighbors. Take your lead from the funeral service itself
when determining if you are close enough to the family to attend the reception.
A family member might approach you to ask that you fellowship with the
family after the service. Or, the family might issue an open-ended invitation
to all mourners at the close of the funeral service. If neither types
of invitations are forthcoming, you can share your condolences in other
ways, such as by sending a sympathy card.
Do Bring a Dish to Share
While the family is coping with the loss, it can be difficult to spend
enough time planning the reception. If you’re invited to attend,
ask whether it might be appropriate to bring a dish to share. Some receptions
are catered affairs, in which case bringing a dish is not necessary. And
of course, if you’re given a last-minute invitation, there probably
won’t be time to prepare a dish. However, you could offer to help
the family by picking up a pre-ordered deli platter for them.
Do Dress Appropriately
If the post-funeral reception is held immediately following the service,
then you’re most likely dressed appropriately already. Occasionally,
a reception is held at a later date. Dress as you would for the funeral
itself. This doesn’t mean that you must wear all black clothing,
but you should dress in a somber fashion.
After someone you love has passed, you can turn to Leak & Sons Funeral
Homes for compassionate service. In addition to our
flexible and affordable funeral arrangements in Chicago, IL, our locations offer full kitchens
with repast rooms for mourners to fellowship without having to worry about
preparing the family home for a gathering. Call our funeral home at (773)
846-6567 to discuss coming in to make arrangements.