I have always thought this would be a given. It just seems natural to me that you would silence or turn off your cell phone when you attend a funeral. Surely it doesn’t hurt to turn off your cell phone for 30 minutes to an hour, especially when it is to attend a funeral to honor someone’s life.
Even though this seems to me to be natural and a common courtesy, I have witnessed too many funeral services with cell phones ringing (sometimes with a highly inappropriate ring tone) that I feel this issue needs to be addressed.
This topic came up recently while discussing with a friend, who attended a funeral, the three cell phones that went off during a 30 minute funeral service. I have even witnessed a funeral where the minister forgot to silence his cell phone. While this may seem comical, to a grieving family, this is not a laughing matter.
The next time you attend a funeral, please silence your cell phone out of respect for the family and the deceased. Thank you.