Memories, prayers and thoughts for the family are on the top of your mind as you attend the funeral of a friend or someone you shared a connection with. Writing in a funeral guest book is often an expectation, so it does help to be prepared especially when you’re experiencing a mourning fog. Here are a couple of tips on what to write in a funeral guest book.
Writing In A Funeral Guest Book
1. Create a Record of You Attending the Funeral
Remember that a funeral guest book is not the same as a condolence letter. The key purpose for a guest book is to notify the family on who has visited and create a record for them. It is not intended for you to share your condolences.
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2. Share your Family Name and Contact Details
Sometimes, it does help to write down a company or an organizational association, if the family doesn’t know you directly. It’s important to write legibly, as the family is less likely to have a digital guest book. Families often like having contact details. For instance, it may be important for them to reach you for a thank you card.
3. Sharing a Condolence
For sharing condolences, write a condolence letter. You can also share condolences via a private direct message on the Everdays app. Connecting on a digital platform is also important because it enables the family to reach you for future get-togethers or events. Being a part of a community that the family can always reach is essential and ensures you’re always a part of their lives, even if someone you knew in common passed away.
4. Keep Information Public
Do not write anything on the funeral guest book that can’t be shared publicly. Guest books are typically shared with all guests. So, mentioning a small private story may not be appropriate. Do ensure that you stay away from an old corny joke, or an embarrassing memory because, remember, everyone’s reading your notes.
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Share Your Experiences
Have you written notes in a funeral guest book? What suggestions do you have?