[quote="colmcille1, post:1, topic:212348"]
I would like to get your input on this topic. In Ireland, in recent years, it seems that many people have abandoned the traditional "black" dress code when attending a funeral.
Now, many may be seen dressed up to the nines as though going to some function or party.
I am saddened by this development and see it as crass and disrespectful.
What is the custom as practised in your part of the globe?
I have seen everything from shorts and tee shirts, to jeans, to conservative suits, ties and dresses.
To me, it seems that the people who are attending the funerals dress in a way that reflects their individual relationship with the deceased .
In other words, if the person who passed away, was a mechanic, many of his work buddies will show up in jeans etc. Clean and neat, but in jeans.
If the person was a banker, then most people seem to dress in suits and dresses.
My father was in heavy construction, and when he passed away, we saw many many people come in their work clothes.
When my grandmother passed away, most everyone who came was in a suit and tie, or modest dress. My grandmother was the wife of a Presbyterian minister.
In both cases, we were simply appreciative of their attendance.
As much as I hate to say it, I would rather see people in their work clothes attend a funeral, than to have no one show up because of a dress code. I've been to too many funerals where the Church is virtually empty. It is sad.