Please Help Bees – my friend's funeral is tomorrow

posted 2 years ago in Emotional
Post # 2
7923 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

cat89:  I think a bright scarf with a black dress is fine. Really sorry about your friend.

Post # 3
1130 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

cat89:  I’m so sorry for the loss of your friend. I am glad for you both that you made the quick decision to go and visit right away – what an awful reminder about how precious time is.

I think if you have a scarf in some of her favourite colours that you could wear with a dark coloured dress then that would be the perfect way to respect both the family members and the way you would like to honour your friend. I wouldn’t think twice about seeing someone in a more brightly coloured outfit at a service, but think that a more conservative approach (such as the scarf) is a very considerate option.

Sending you my warmest thoughts to get you through tomorrow and the days that follow. 

Post # 4
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I am so, so sorry. What a tough thing to deal with. I think wearing a brightly-colored scarf or statement necklace or even a colorful pair of shoes with your black ensemble would be a wonderful way to honor your friend. The rules are sort of changing anyway, aren’t they? It used to be only black for funerals but now you see some people wearing other colors.

Post # 5
347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’m so sorry for your loss. My brother lost one of his best friends aged 21, and it’s a horrible thing to go through.

I think the idea of a colourful scarf with a black dress is lovely. Perhaps take a colourful jumper too, and if it looks ok/appropriate when you get there you can slip it over the top of the black dress?


I had my grandpa’s funeral yesterday and he had put in his will that we weren’t to wear black, which was actually quite nice. It was a real celebration of his life, as well as saying our final goodbyes.

My thoughts and prayers will be with you tomorrow x

Post # 6
131 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

So sorry for your loss… 25 is just way too young… my eyes are swelling just thinking about it.

I think all black with that bright scarf would be perfect!

Post # 8
1836 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

cat89:  you’re a great friend. sorry for your loss.


(wear the scarf!)

Post # 9
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

cat89:  So sorry about your friend, hon. DH’s grandma just passed a few weeks ago, and I wore a bright coral/pink top (and a floral skirt) because she wanted to wear the same color coral/pink shirt to our wedding, but her daughters wouldn’t let her. No one batted an eyelash, and I was glad she could “see” me wearing her favorite color.

Post # 10
155 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

cat89:  I am so sorry for your loss OP.

As a funeral director, I have seen some pretty inappropriate things at funerals… And a big thing many people do not realize about funerals is that yes, it is a time for grieving, but it is often a time of rememberance & celebrating that persons life no matter how old or young they were. I worked one service where the entire family wore any color purple shirt…it turned out to be wonderful.

If your friend liked those bold beautiful colors, wear them in any way you think is appropriate. The family should understand and hopefully appreciate that you are celebrating your friends life. Traditional all black funerals are slowly fading out. But if you are feeling self conscious, the bright colored scarf is a great idea. Maybe some cute flats/small heels?

Good luck to you OP.

Post # 11
1329 posts
Bumble bee

My dearest, dearest Aunt died quite suddenly last Spring, and one of the last things she complimented me on was a shocking pink knitted coat, so I wore it to her funeral.

There’s NO question at all in my mind that SHE approved.

Please accept my sympathy in your loss. I hope you are left with many treasured memories.

Post # 12
6525 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

cat89:  first of all, i am so sorry for your loss. I know how scary it is to lose a friend so ypung. I lost a friend and he was only 14, I was 16. Sad. Tragic and one of those things we will never understand why it had to happen

maybe you can wear black and maybe wear a bright blue or green accessory? Necklace, bracelet, brooch?

Post # 13
567 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I see nothing wrong with wearing a pop of color as a nod to your friend. I had to arrange a quick memorial service for my dad and I insisted that no one wear black. Everyone seemed cool with it.

Post # 14
7531 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

cat89:  I think a scarf in your friend’s favorite colors is a wonderful way to celebrate her life.  I am so sorry for your loss.  

Sorry for others that have lost friends or family members, also.

Post # 15
858 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I am so sorry for your loss. Wear what you feel comfortable wearing, but remember that funerals are for the living; you’ll find a good balance between honoring your friend while still attiring yourself appropriately. I wore polka dots to my mom’s funeral and a really cute cardigan with some playful ruffles. I thought about wearing a fascinator, because I knew my mom would appreciate me adhering to my personal sense of style, but I held off on that detail since it was also important to me that my family know I was taking the event seriously. But don’t worry about what to wear too much. Focus on your loss and be kind to yourself. 

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