How Should You Choose the Day and Time of the Funeral?

Thursday, September 14, 2023

When bidding farewell to a cherished family member or friend, one of the most significant decisions you’ll face is selecting the appropriate day and time of the funeral.

Amid the emotional challenges that come with loss, arranging a funeral can be a difficult task. One of the most important decisions involves selecting the day and time of the funeral service. Your choice can have a significant impact on how the event unfolds and the way guests remember it.

In this article, we will share eight practical tips to help you choose just the right day and time for your loved one’s final farewell.

  1. Consider the availability of family and friends.
    Take into account the schedules and commitments of close family members and friends who will be in attendance. Reach out to key individuals to ensure they can be there, as their presence can provide comfort and support during this trying time.
  2. Respect cultural and religious traditions.
    Be mindful of any religious or cultural customs that dictate specific days or times for funerals. Consult with religious leaders or advisors to ensure you honor these traditions and create a meaningful ceremony.
  3. Did the departed express any preferences?
    If your loved one shared any preferences or requests regarding the day and time of their funeral, do your best to honor those wishes. This can be a loving and meaningful way to pay tribute to their memory.
  4. Secure the venue.
    Check the availability of the funeral home, religious institution, or venue you have in mind. Popular venues often have limited availability, so it's essential to secure a date and time as early as possible to accommodate your needs.
  5. Think about the weather.
    Depending on your location and the time of year, weather conditions can be a factor. Consider the season and any potential weather-related challenges, such as extreme heat, cold, rain, or snow when scheduling the funeral.
  6. Include time for quiet moments.
    Choose a time that allows for quiet moments of reflection and remembrance. Hurried schedules can leave little room for grieving, so strive to create a comfortable atmosphere for everyone.
  7. Don’t rush your planning.
    If your loved one is not being cremated, there are time constraints that must be taken into account. However, you still need to give yourself time to process the loss and make necessary arrangements. While it's natural to want to plan the funeral quickly, avoid scheduling it immediately after the passing and take it one step at a time.
  8. Be mindful of guest commute times.
    If your friends and family are spread out geographically and must travel a long distance to attend the funeral, consider their commutes. Do your best to find a day and time that allows people to attend without being unduly stressed or inconvenienced.

There is no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to choosing the day and time of the funeral. It is a deeply personal decision that should reflect the wishes of the deceased and accommodate the needs of those who are mourning. Keep communication open with family members and friends, and seek support from your funeral director and staff. They are there to guide you through every facet of the arrangement process.

By carefully considering the tips outlined above, you can make an informed decision that ensures a dignified and meaningful farewell for your loved one. If you have questions or wish to make final arrangements, our caring staff is here for you. Please contact us anytime.

About Vaughn Greene Funeral Services: For more than 25 years, Vaughn Greene Funeral Services has been providing a ministry of care to Baltimore’s African-American community. As a leading local, minority- and family-owned provider, we promise to provide our highest level of service and respect to families who entrust us to honor their loved ones. For more information about our funeral, cremation, memorial, repast, and grief counseling services, please call us at 410.655.0015 or visit us online at

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