Manners & Misdemeanors

The 5 Types of People You Meet at a Funeral

Chances are you've met them... and if you haven't, then you might be one of them.
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Funeral practices may have changed over the years, but they have remained a serious occasion. This is something many characters fail to be sensitive to, especially in what should be a solemn time for family and friends. Here we’ve listed down the different kinds of people you meet at a funeral.

1. The One Who Makes It A Party

Defining features: Funerals are a celebration of life, the keyword being celebration. There’s definitely no hint of the word "party." If there is one thing funerals shouldn’t be the venue of, it’s cracking loud jokes and drinking like it’s your birthday.

2. The Business Partner

Defining features: Sure, the business partner has good intentions in attending funerals. One definitely has to pay one's respects, but a funeral is not a welcome opportunity for business. Affiliated corporations sending flowers to the deceased are one thing but business talk and networking during the wake is just plain distasteful.

3. The Gossip

Defining features: Don’t confuse this person with a caring friend. The gossip will aggressively seek information on the deceased and will not stop until every stone has been turned. While it’s fine to listen to friends and family of the deceased when they vent, prying is a different topic altogether. Even if the bereaved are willing to share, asking questions like “What exactly happened?” or “Who gets the money?” are definitely inappropriate.

4. The Family Frenemy

Defining features: The family frenemy shows up to offer condolences… albeit in an extravaganza of colors and prints, just to be in the spotlight. This person makes it a point to gloat during the funeral, showing up purely to brag about his or her achievements, or those of his or her family, thinking that there’s always a place for competitiveness.

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5. The One You Should Strive To Be

Defining features: This person could be a family member or a friend who extends his or her hand to offer welcome advice and condolences. Some may even actively help out with food and flower preparations, all while being a pillar of support and lightening the load by simply being there. 

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