When you have been invited to final services at a Jewish funeral home in East Brunswick, NJ, it might be for a family member or even in support of a friend who has lost someone close to them. One of the things you might wonder is whether or not you should bring someone along with you. It can be a hard question to answer, at times.
If you are married, it’s an assumption that when you are invited to a funeral, your spouse is as well—unless the family specifically says otherwise for some reason or another. The two of you are tied at the hip and your spouse is welcome where you go. It would be expected for you to bring that person to a funeral, if you wish, though it wouldn’t be required.
If you are not married, but have a significant other, you might also bring that person, though that will depend on how you feel about taking them along. It might be more on the strange side for you to bring someone you just started seeing or someone who is just a friend. Of course, all of that depends on the situation.
When the funeral is for a family member of yours, you get to make the rules. You don’t want to make anyone else uncomfortable, of course, but if you need the support and you want a certain friend there for you, it’s okay to bring them. If the funeral is for a friend’s family member, you might want to consult with the person who invited you before you bring someone they aren’t expecting. If you don’t have a solid reason for bringing someone (outside a spouse), it might be best to come alone.
Funerals aren’t like weddings where they’re highly social and there’s lots of time to chat. If you are trying to decide whether or not to bring a guest, ask yourself why you feel like you want someone there with you. If it is in support or just so that you don’t appear to be alone, those are two different things.
You will also want to judge what type of funeral is happening. Funerals that are open to the public mean anyone can come so people would be more open to you having a guest since anyone is welcome. Funerals that are more invite-only would be harder to feel comfortable bringing a guest along.
If you need help judging whether or not to bring a guest to a Jewish funeral home in East Brunswick, NJ for a final service, contact the professionals at Mount Sinai Memorial Chapels and tell us the details about the service and we can help you with advice. Call us at (732) 390-9199 and we’ll help in any way we can. Mount Sinai serves families in Monroe, Edison, East Brunswick, and the surrounding areas and we’re here to help you with side details, too. Visit us at 454 Cranbury Rd, East Brunswick, NJ 08816.