A Practical Guide to Selecting Burial Clothes with Love and Reverence

By: VGFS
Monday, March 11, 2024

Choosing burial clothes for a loved one can be a tender act of remembrance and profound significance.

Navigating loss is a challenging experience on many levels. Despite the weight of grief, numerous practical decisions must be made, such as the choice of burial clothes. While this task may seem daunting, it can actually be a wonderful opportunity to honor your loved one's memory.

In this guide, we will explore seven prudent tips to help you through the delicate process of choosing burial clothes for the departed.

1.     Consider their style and personality.

When selecting burial clothes, take a moment to reflect on your loved one's uniqueness. Were they someone who preferred formal dress, or did they take a more relaxed and casual approach? Choose clothing that symbolizes their style choices, whether a tailored suit, a favorite dress, or a cozy sweater.

2.     Provide a complete ensemble.

It can be easy to overlook important burial clothing elements amid grief. Here is a list of items you may want to include, as appropriate:

  • Long-sleeved shirt, blouse, or dress 
  • Pants or skirt
  • Undergarments (e.g. underwear, undershirt, bra, stockings or socks, slips)
  • Preferred cosmetics, such as lipstick or nail polish
  • A photo as a reference for hair and makeup
  • Wig, hat, or hairpiece
  • Scarf or tie
  • Glasses, if worn
  • Jewelry or watch
  • Other special items to be placed in the casket 

Funeral professionals advise against shoes. They usually cannot be seen as only the top half of the casket is open for the viewing. In addition, it can be very hard to get shoes on, as the body becomes very rigid by the time of dressing.

3.     Coordinate with funeral customs.

If your loved one followed specific cultural or religious customs, consider incorporating these into their burial attire. Traditional garments or symbols can add a deep layer of meaning and respect to the proceedings.

4.     Seek input from others.

Don't hesitate to ask family members and friends for their input when choosing burial clothes. They may have valuable insights or suggestions that can help you make decisions with confidence and clarity.

5.     The details matter.

Paying extra attention to the particulars can make a big difference. Ensure that the burial attire is clean, neatly pressed, and free of any stains or damage. Take care with accessories such as jewelry or favorite keepsakes, adding them thoughtfully to enhance their appearance.

6.     When in doubt, use your best judgment.

You might not have any information about what your loved one wanted to wear at their viewing or have any religious guidelines to follow. In these situations, let your instincts and common sense be your guide. If the departed never wore formal attire, don’t feel compelled to choose this type of clothing for their viewing and burial. Instead, select an outfit that best represents who they were in life.

7.     Lean on your support system.

Finally, it is important to remember that you don't have to go through this process alone. Lean on the support of family members, friends, and funeral professionals. The caring, experienced funeral directors at Vaughn Greene Funeral Services are here to offer compassionate guidance and understanding during this difficult time.

Choosing burial clothes for a loved one is a final gesture of love and respect. By following these tips and approaching the task with great care, you can ensure that your loved one is dressed with dignity as they embark on their final journey.

For more comprehensive resources about selecting burial clothes or planning a loved one’s funeral, our caring staff is here to help. If we can be of assistance to you in any way, please contact us anytime.

About Vaughn Greene Funeral Services: For over 25 years, Vaughn Greene Funeral Services has provided 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 https://vaughncgreene.com/.

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:
Please enter the numbers and letters you see in the image. Note that the case of the letters entered matters.

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

July is Healthy Vision Month: Take These Steps to Reframe Your Future

Healthy Vision Month is an opportunity to commit to habits that support long-term eye health. As we celebrate Healthy Vision Month this July, it’s important to understand why eye health is crucial...

Understanding Silent Strokes: Eight Smart Strategies That Can Reduce Your Risk

Simple lifestyle changes can help prevent silent strokes and protect your cognitive health. Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Contro...

Hosting a Repast on a Budget? Seven Ideas to Elevate Your Event

Transform your grief into meaningful remembrance by thoughtfully crafting a repast on a budget. A repast or post-funeral reception can be a heartfelt way to bring friends and family together to sh...

Eight Heartfelt Ways to Remember Your Departed Dad this Father’s Day

As Father's Day approaches, remember your departed dad with love and gratitude for the indelible mark he left on your life. Father's Day can be a bittersweet time for those who have lost their dad...

Love Lives On: Eight Creative Ways to Honor Your Loved One’s Legacy

As you honor your loved one’s legacy, you can find healing and purpose through various meaningful gestures. Amid loss, memories flood our hearts and the grief can feel overwhelming. In these chall...

This Memorial Day, Pay Tribute to Departed Veterans with These Seven Heartfelt Suggestions

While most of us think of Memorial Day as the kick-off to summer, it’s actually a time to remember veterans and fallen soldiers. The federal holiday is often celebrated with barbeques and trips to...

It’s Women’s Health Awareness Month: Seven Strategies to Help You Take Charge of Your Health

Celebrate Women's Health Awareness Month with a renewed commitment to fortifying your wellness and resilience. It's Women’s Health Awareness Month, which highlights the importance of women’s healt...

This month we celebrate Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month

The purpose is to raise awareness about the mental health and well-being of parents before, during, and after pregnancy.  Maternal mental health not only impacts parents but the child, as wel...

The Healing Power of Spring: Five Ways Nature Can Ease the Grieving Process

Nature's serene beauty offers a sanctuary for the grieving process to unfold. Amid the pain and sorrow of loss, finding solace becomes essential for healing. Nature can be a gentle yet powerful al...

Springtime Remembrance Events: Seven Heartwarming Ways to Remember A Loved One

Springtime remembrance events offer a time to gather, reflect, and honor cherished memories.           After the long chill of winter, spring ser...