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Old 03-29-2009, 08:11 PM   #1
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Could someone kindly advise me on proper etiquette for a non-LDSer attending an LDS memorial service?

For example, are there any special customs regarding what to wear or whether or not to send flowers?

Thank you in advance, ladies.
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What to wear - Sunday dress. If you don't have a dress, a nice pair of slacks with a blouse/shirt.

Sometimes they have some pictures/memorabilia in the foyer to look at. Perhaps a guest book to sign.

The service itself will go something like

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Talk on LDS belief - most likely the plan of salvation
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I have been to one or two where they invited people to share a memory of the deceased but that seems rare. Perhaps that is a family request.
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Thank you for your insight, Deborah.

Is it customary to send flowers to the funeral home/for the service? In my faith it is, but I know that in others it is frowned upon. We certainly don't want to do anything that would be a burden. . . .
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Both of my Mormon nephews spoke at their non-Mormon Grandmother's funeral last week and it was beautiful and their faith showed through their words..

Their entire family dressed and acted just like everyone else. There was nothing different about anything they did.

I have never been to a funeral for a member of their Church.
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Default Mormon funerals

It's ok to send plants or flowers to the funeral home, they will transport them
to the chapel and then to the gravesite. Or you can choose to send them to the
family.
There is no guideline on flowers or plants at LDS funerals.
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Granny & Sue hit it right on. The funerals are pretty similar to others you may have been at.
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One other thing, it's ok if you don't want to wear all black. At the ones I've been to, a lot of people wear some color, though it's usually a muted color (not too outlandish or bold).
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When the girl's daddy's Grandfather died I wore red.

He had told me years before when I had on red that it was his favorite color and to were red to his funeral.

I got LOTS of strange looks from those that did not know the reason.
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