What is the proper attire at the graveside service in the summer heat?
A recent obituary stated, “For those attending the service, please dress comfortably,” and I agree 100 percent. Being outdoors this time of year can be dangerous, yet when a loved one dies, it’s important to be there for the family. My advice is to prepare and protect. Not wearing a coat and tie is perfectly acceptable at a cemetery. Clothes made of cotton will breathe and be cooler than other fabrics. Wear a hat to block the sun, but during a prayer, men should remove it. Using an umbrella to block the sun is also fine. When a funeral attendant offers you a bottle of water, take it and drink it.
- Hatch Bailey | Funeral Director in Charge