Obituaries

Raymond Teator
B: 1933-03-06
D: 2018-10-15
View Details
Teator, Raymond
Frances Barrington
B: 1924-06-05
D: 2018-10-11
View Details
Barrington, Frances
Josefina Pancic
B: 1919-06-28
D: 2018-10-09
View Details
Pancic, Josefina
Frederick Meisner
B: 1958-00-00
D: 2018-10-07
View Details
Meisner, Frederick
Joseph Buono
B: 1923-09-04
D: 2018-10-05
View Details
Buono, Joseph
Michael O'Connell
B: 1946-00-00
D: 2018-09-24
View Details
O'Connell, Michael
Jacqueline "Jackie" Nardacci
B: 1950-05-23
D: 2018-09-22
View Details
Nardacci, Jacqueline "Jackie"
Rita Huerter
B: 1944-09-23
D: 2018-09-21
View Details
Huerter, Rita
Margaret Mink
B: 1948-07-15
D: 2018-09-20
View Details
Mink, Margaret
Robert Butler
B: 1982-06-18
D: 2018-09-12
View Details
Butler, Robert
Frederick Meisner
B: 1928-10-18
D: 2018-09-09
View Details
Meisner, Frederick
Barbara Carter
B: 1943-09-14
D: 2018-09-05
View Details
Carter, Barbara
Howard Fuller
B: 1932-12-02
D: 2018-09-05
View Details
Fuller, Howard
Edgar Knox
B: 1939-05-04
D: 2018-08-26
View Details
Knox, Edgar
Amy Mahar
B: 1957-05-04
D: 2018-08-25
View Details
Mahar, Amy
Thomas Malone
B: 1945-00-00
D: 2018-08-21
View Details
Malone, Thomas
James Sample
B: 1937-11-18
D: 2018-08-20
View Details
Sample, James
David Pierre
B: 1961-08-21
D: 2018-08-17
View Details
Pierre, David
Kathleen Yanni
B: 1944-11-10
D: 2018-08-10
View Details
Yanni, Kathleen
Ann McAvoy Johnson
B: 1923-03-16
D: 2018-08-06
View Details
McAvoy Johnson, Ann
Donald Ryan
B: 1931-09-06
D: 2018-08-03
View Details
Ryan, Donald

Search

Use the form above to find your loved one. You can search using the name of your loved one, or any family name for current or past services entrusted to our firm.

Click here to view all obituaries
Search Obituaries
1700 Washington Avenue
Rensselaer, NY 12144
Phone: 518-286-3400
Fax: 518-283-7897

Obituaries & Tributes

It is not always possible to pay respects in person, so we hope that this small token will help.

Order Flowers

Offer a gift of comfort and beauty to a family suffering from loss.

The Remembrance Process

Capture the importance of the human need to be remembered. Learn more here.

Faithful Forever Pets

View our large selection of Pet Memorial products from Faithful Forever Pets. We carry Urns, Jewelry and Keepsakes for your beloved Pets
Social Expectations: a Primer on Funeral Etiquette

Obituaries
& Tributes

518-286-3400
Immediate Need

Pre-Arrange
Your Funeral

Contact
Us

Site
Search

Social Expectations: a Primer on Funeral Etiquette

Most of us are uncertain about what to do at a funeral. We see it all the time. In fact, I think Funeral Directors are the only people who are truly comfortable in this social setting. After all, we’ve had a lot of practice.

We’ve put together this section to share everything you need to know to help you do the right thing before, during and after the service.


What to Do


Offer Words of Condolence

Offering comforting words to the family is usually the easiest thing you can do. It's also something the family will appreciate and remember. If you're attending the service, offer your condolences in person or share a story or special memory about the deceased. If you can't be there, send a card or share your message using the Book of Memories online memorial tribute page.

Sign the Register

When you sign the register at the funeral home, be sure to list your name and your relationship to the deceased. The register is something the family will have forever, and they will appreciate knowing who you are and how you knew their loved one in years to come.

Send a Gift to the Family

Appropriate gifts include flowers, a donation to a charity (oftentimes the family will have a preferred charity), food or a service. You can send your gift to the family's home or the funeral home. Please ensure you include a signed card with your gift so the family knows who sent it. However, please take a few minutes to recognize that certain faiths have proscriptions about what should be sent to the bereaved. If you’re unclear, check with a close family relative or friend.

Stay in Touch with the Family

Depending on your relationship with the family, you may choose to stay in touch in person, by telephone or online. The grieving process can be long and difficult, so don’t just walk out of their lives after the funeral service. You will serve the family well by letting them know you're there for them during the days, weeks, and months follow the death of their loved one.
 

What to Wear

Historically, people wore black or only somber colors to a funeral. Today it's acceptable to dress in a wider range of colors and clothing styles. In fact, we’ve seen services where the family asked everyone to dress in pink, or in colorful Hawaiian shirts and shorts. But, these unique events aside, a good rule of thumb is to dress as you would at church or a job interview.

Have other questions about funeral etiquette? Contact us. We’ve got the answers you’re looking for – after all, we’ve been to hundreds of funerals. So call – we’d love to help you get through what can (but doesn’t have to) be a challenging social situation.
 

Immediate Need

If you have immediate need of our services, we're available for you 24 hours a day.

Obituaries & Tributes

It is not always possible to pay respects in person, so we hope that this small token will help.

Pre-Arrangement

A gift to your family, sparing them hard decisions at an emotional time.

Order Flowers

Offer a gift of comfort and beauty to a family suffering from loss.

Daily Grief Support by Email

Grieving doesn't always end with the funeral: subscribe to our daily grief support email, designed to help you a little bit every day, by filling out the form below.

518-286-3400 1700 Washington Avenue | Rensselaer, NY 12144 | Fax: 518-283-7897 | Email: lyonsfuneralhome@aol.com