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Dignity

A selection of funeral related articles.

Is black still the colour?

July 11th, 2019


Funeral clothes etiquette


• Tradition - Historians believe the tradition of wearing black at funerals dates back to at least the time of the Roman Empire. Then the family of the deceased would wear a dark-coloured toga, called a Toga Pulla.

• Purple and Grey – Are colours of “Half Mourning”

• Flash forward to England during the Victorian era, where women were expected to dress in mourning for up to four years. However, once she entered what was known as “half mourning” – a year after being widowed – the bereaved could incorporate purple or grey into her wardrobe.

• By the late 19th century, black clothing had become so associated with the act or process of mourning that any woman who dared wear black when not in mourning was looked down upon and seen as “dangerously eccentric.”

• Funerals are usually sombre occasions, and wearing black indicates that you're mourning the loss of someone. It's also considered a sign of respect for the deceased.


White – surely that’s not?

• In 1962, Wilhelmina, who had abdicated the throne of the Netherlands in 1948, was given a white funeral in respect for her spiritual belief that earthly death was the beginning of eternal life.

• White is also the colour of mourning in Hindu culture as a representation of purity.


Funeral colours and their meanings

• Black. Strongly associated with death and mourning in the West. ...

• White. Purity and rebirth. ...

• Red. Honour and patriotism. ...

• Purple. A colour of spirituality. ...

• Gold. A journey to the afterlife. ...

• Grey. Mourning tradition in Papua New Guinea.


So what should you wear?

The simple answer is this is really completely down to the families of the deceased or the deceased wishes passed down through their wills.

Final Style

These wonderful cars supplied by Co-op Funeralcare allow you choices right to the end!

Attend your own funeral?


This idea may sound a bit crazy but it has several potential plus points.

1. A last chance to gather all relatives from near and far before its too late.

2. You get to hear the lovely things they are going to say about you.

3. It may help both relatives and yourselves to come to terms with your impending departure.

4. It offers a chance to say goodbye and an opportunity for relatives to ask any questions. I often hear, 'Oh I wish I had told them.....or asked......'

5. You can choose the music, dress code, readings etc that you would like.

What do you think?

If you would like to explore the idea further, please let me know. [email protected]