Tipping at funerals is a normal custom. It is not necessary to tip the funeral director or any of the staff at the funeral home, but tipping is customary for many of the other service providers.Know More
Musicians or singers performing at the funeral should be tipped $50 to $75 each. A limousine driver is tipped 15 percent of the total fare, but it is important to check the bill to see whether a gratuity is already included. Flower deliveries are tipped at the rate of $2 to $5 for a normal delivery or $5 to $10 for a particularly large delivery. If the funeral includes a meal, the servers' tip is 15 to 20 percent of the total bill.
The member of the clergy who performs the funeral service receives a tip in the form of an honorarium. This is generally in the range of $50 to $200.Learn more about Holidays & Celebrations
Weird celebrity funerals include the funerals of country music singer Jimmy Dean, bass singer Willie McCoy, novelist and journalist Hunter S. Thompson and Tupac Shakur. Other outlandish celebrity funerals include those of Muppet creator Jim Henson and Monty Python actor Graham Chapman.Full Answer >
There are a wide number of songs to choose from for funerals, including hymns such as "Amazing Grace" and "How Great Thou Art," or meaningful contemporary songs, such as "Dance With My Father Again" by Luther Vandross and "I Will Remember You" by Sarah McLachlan, according to NextGenMemorials.com and HeavenSentMusic.com. Most of these songs are ones that evokes a feeling of comfort or that reminds funeral-goers of the person who passed.Full Answer >
The stalwart of black gospel songs for funerals is Thomas Dorsey's "Take My Hand, Precious Lord." Written in 1932, Dorsey's classic is perhaps the most iconic black spiritual of all time. Dorsey adapted the melody from a 19th century hymn, but composed the lyrics when mourning the deaths of his first wife and child.Full Answer >
People wear black to funerals as a traditional symbol for mourning and as respect for the deceased. The tradition first dates back to England in the time of the Roman Empire.Full Answer >