A formal visitation provides a time and place for friends to offer their expressions of sorrow and sympathy. The obituary should tell you the visitation hours and when the family will be present, or you may call the funeral home for this information.

When you’re attending a funeral, you’re going to support the family and share your sympathy with your embrace or hand. You don’t feel like you need to avoid talking about the person who died. Speaking will help start the grieving process. If you were the deceased’s friend, but not comfortable with the family, introduce yourself immediately.

The simple presence of you will mean a lot to the family. For the entire visitation, you don’t need to stay, but try not to leave during any prayers that may be offered.


About eziFunerals

eziFunerals supports individuals and families cope with end of life decisions, death and funerals. We are an independent, Australian-owned and operated company. We are not part of any other funeral company.Our member Funeral Directors are chosen for their knowledge, quality, service, personalisation and experience. They go above and beyond, and will take the time to support the family.

For more information or to make contact with a trusted Independent funeral director, call eziFunerals on 1300 236 402 or visit www.ezifunerals.com.au.

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Peter Erceg is the Owner and Founder of eziFunerals. He has had a long history within the funeral industry, and is a published author of ‘What Kind Of Funeral: A self help guide to planning a meaningful funeral’. Prior to eziFunerals, Peter worked in the public sector and health industry for more than 30 years. The views and opinions expressed on posts are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of eziFunerals and members.