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Choosing the Right Clothing for the Deceased — 5 Questions Answered

Published: July 12, 2021

Not sure how to choose clothing for the deceased? Here are our answers to FAQs that you might find helpful!

Q: What’s one thing to keep in mind when choosing clothing for the deceased?

A: Choosing the right clothing is not really about buying new stuff. You can dress the deceased in clothing that he or she already owns. What does matter though is making sure that the clothing you choose best reflects the personality of the individual. And no, that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to dress the deceased in a suit and tie.

Here’s a tip: Try thinking of what the person would have wanted to wear for the last time. Is there an outfit that the deceased particularly liked? You can even make sure to include pieces of jewelry that they treasured when they were still alive.

It might seem like strange advice, but you would want to make sure that the deceased would look good in the clothing you pick out. Try to imagine how the deceased individual would have wanted other people to see him or her. Does the individual have scars that he or she would want to hide? Are there tattoos that the deceased liked to show?

Q: Other than considering the clothing preferences of the person who is now deceased, what other factors should be considered?

A: Another thing that you need to also consider is the religious views of the deceased. Some religions have specific funeral customs, so make sure that the clothing you pick out does not violate any religious traditions.

Q: How about personal items? Are there guidelines on what type of items can be buried with the deceased?

A: There are no dos and don’ts in terms of the funeral items that you want buried with the deceased. So whether it’s a photo, a trinket, a book, a piece of jewelry, or other sentimental items, you can ask the funeral home to have the item/s buried with your loved one.

Q: What if the deceased is to be cremated? Are there guidelines in place for personal items that can be included during the cremation?

A: If your loved one is to be cremated, keep in mind that any piece of metal will need to be removed prior to the cremation. So metal pieces, including jewelry, should not be included in the list of personal items to be included for cremation.

Q: What if I’m still unsure about which clothing to choose for the deceased?

A: If you still can’t make up your mind, or if choosing clothing is too painful for you to do, try asking individuals who were close to the deceased. They can help you come up with a decision.

Also, keep in mind that funeral directors make this their priority, so if you need help choosing an outfit or some personal advice, don’t be afraid to ask!

Need help with funeral arrangements? We’d love to be of assistance! Call Roupp Funeral Home today at 570-966-2402 for more information on how we can be of service.

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