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Cellphone Etiquette 

Published: June 20, 2022

For anyone who has been to a funeral, you know how many things there are to keep in mind in terms of your behavior and etiquette. If you’ve never been to a funeral and are planning to prepare for one soon, then you may be wondering about the rules surrounding cellphone use. While there are no set rules against using your cellphone at a service, there are some important things that you’ll want to keep in mind. If you are looking for funeral homes in Lecanto, FL then you’ve come to the right place as we are open and always willing to give our customers the best experience possible. Call us to chat or stop by for a visit!

Turn it Off

Whether this is your first time attending a funeral or not, it is a well-known fact that once indoors your cellphone should be either turned off or switched to silent. Using your cellphone during a funeral service is not only disrespectful, as it demonstrates that the situation at hand is clearly not as important as your phone, but it is also distracting for other mourners. Having your phone switched off or on silent for the duration of the service will not hurt you, and it is also extremely unlikely that an emergency would happen to occur as soon as your phone was switched off. You’ll find that without your cellphone as a distraction, you will be much more attentive and in the moment for the service at hand.

Distraction for Children

If you plan on taking your child to a funeral service, then there are some things that we recommend before the start of the service. Prior to the service, preferably a week or so before, you’ll want to sit your child down to have a conversation about the point of the service and everything they can expect. Additionally, this is a good time to inform them of how people are to behave at a funeral. This means telling them that cellphone use is out of the question and that they are simply to sit down and listen to the words and watch the service. If your child is old enough to be brought to the service, then they should surely be old enough to sit still and be attentive. If, however, your child is a little more antsy than normal, bringing a coloring book could be a great alternative to a cellphone as they do not make noise and it is a quiet and peaceful activity.

Coping Mechanism

If you rely on your phone to keep you grounded, we completely understand. Whether you wish to communicate with a friend or use an app to help you remain calm at the service is fine so long as you excuse yourself from the service in order to do so.

Pictures

While taking pictures is typical of any gathering of family and friends, you’ll definitely want to avoid doing so during the funeral service. We advise you to wait until after the service and outside of the building. Once everyone is outdoors, then taking pictures is perfectly acceptable.

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