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Should You Take Photos at a Service? 

Published: June 12, 2023
by Parent-Sorensen Mortuary and Crematory

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When you know that you are attending the service of a loved one, you may not be sure if taking photos is allowed or not. This is a common concern that many people have, and it is something that you do want to remember to think about it. If you are not sure and if you do not want to bother anyone, there are a few things that providers of cremation services in Novato, CA want you to consider.  


At the actual service, you want to avoid taking pictures. You do not want to be disrespectful and most families do not want pictures taken while the service is happening. Photos during the service can be distracting and many people will be crying and grieving and will not want their pictures taken. If you want to take a specific picture of something, like a funeral wreath or a memorial display, you want to ask for permission before you do so to avoid bothering anyone. Remember not to take a picture of the casket as you do this, since that can be something that can upset those who are grieving.  


During the reception, taking photos is usually all right. You want to remember, however, that people will be mingling and offering each other comfort, so you do not want to bother them. You do not want to ask them to move about or to pose for photos. Of course, you want to be sure to ask for permission from the family of the deceased before you begin to take photos and you also want to ask the people who may be in the photos themselves. Keep that in mind as you begin.  


Keep in mind that just because you received permission to take the picture, it does not mean that you have that permission to post them on social media. It is so common now for people to share photos that you may not even think about it too much before sharing the photos from the service, but that is not something you want to do without permission. If you do get it, wait at least a day or two before posting them. The best thing you can do if you want to share the photos with loved ones is to send them privately.  

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All of these things are important to remember 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 Novato, CA 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 a death. Call us today to learn more about what we can offer our clients.  


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