Once the ceremony is over, the chief mourners and the officiant greet the other funeral attendees. If a reception is arranged you might wish to extend the invitation to anyone present.
Although you might dread the thought of meeting large numbers of people during this difficult time, it’s always a nice idea to arrange a get-together of some sort after a funeral, especially if a people attending have travelled some distance. Most people comment how a reception turns out to be an enjoyable, heart warming occasion and a time for sharing memories, catching up and looking to the future together.
You do not need an elaborate reception at all. Sandwiches and tea at someone’s home or church hall is more than adequate. However, doing the catering yourself can be quite time consuming and distract the next of kin from circulating and talking to the guests. You might therefore consider asking friends or a catering company to help, or holding the reception in a hotel or restaurant close to the funeral location. Any expenditure incurred is an allowable expense against the deceased’s estate.
Should you wish to use catering services or host a reception outside of your home, we are very pleased to arrange this for you.