Remember courtesy never goes out of style and read the obituary carefully to ensure you are respecting the requests of the family- no flowers please, house private, donations to a particular cause. Keep to the basics and simply saying “I’m sorry for your loss” is usually enough, remember the Irish are particularly good at attending funerals and after all it’s the thought that counts. Be respectful and listen attentively when spoken to, and offer your own words of condolence. Dress smartly and conservatively when attending a funeral. Wearing black is normally only required by the closest family. We provide black ties as required.

When signing the condolence book you are welcome to mention your relationship to the deceased: a co-worker, casual acquaintance or gym buddy. This helps family place who you are in future. If you wish to offer more than support, generally a floral tribute, a donation to a charity or a signed mass or sympathy card is acceptable.