Can You Take Pictures at a Service?

Posted on March 13, 2023 by Panebaker Funeral Home under Cremation Service
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As you get ready to attend the service of a loved one, you want to be sure that you know what to expect and what is expected of you. There are etiquette rules that you need to keep in mind and something that not everyone thinks about is whether taking pictures is allowed. If you are not sure about this and want to avoid bothering anyone or offending anyone, there are some things that providers of cremation services in McSherrystown, PA want you to remember.


You do not want to take photos during the actual service. It can be disruptive for people who are dealing with grief and you really want to focus on the service itself. You want to be sure that you remember that people who are grieving do not want that moment captured on film, so you want to avoid pictures during the service. If there is something that you see at the service, a decoration, or a memorial display that you would like to photograph, ask the family before the service begins if you can do so. If they do not want you to take a photo, respect their wishes.


It is usually fine to take pictures at the reception. People will be mingling and more open to the idea of someone taking pictures so that is something you want to remember. Be sure to remember to ask permission from the family of the deceased before you begin taking pictures and if they do not want you to do so, you have to respect their wishes. Do not ask people to move around to pose and also do not interrupt conversations. You have to remember that people are there to get comfort from one another.


cremation services in McSherrystown, PA If you received permission to take pictures, this does not mean that you always received permission to post them online. This can be a knee-jerk reaction for people these days, but it is crucial that you also ask for permission for this. Some people want the service and the reception to remain private. If you want to share the images with a loved one, you can do so in a private fashion and not online.


All of these things are important to keep in mind when getting ready to attend the service of a loved one. You do not want to be disrespectful or bother anyone, so do remember that as you decide on whether to take any photos or not. The last thing you want to do is upset any other guest or the family of the deceased. To learn more about attending a service or to hear more about the process of making arrangements, you can reach out to a McSherrystown, PA cremation services provider like us. We have years of experience, and we are ready to help you with all of the decisions you need to make after death. Call us today to learn more about what we can offer our clients.

Panebaker Funeral Home

After more than 20 years of ownership and hard work of the Johnstons, the ownership of Panebaker Funeral Home transferred to the family of Michael and Kristin Newman. A strength of Panebaker Funeral Home has been and continues to be the role of a husband and wife serving as a team for those who have suffered a loss.