Talk:Funeral travel

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Funeral travel[edit]

Swept in from the pub

I've created Funeral travel today, and I have one question and one request:

  • Request: If you know anything about last-minute travel (e.g., how to find cheap flight tickets), please add your advice.
  • Question: Funeral customs vary significantly. For example, #til that wearing red to a funeral is actually a good idea in (parts of?) Africa. I'd like to add a couple of sentences about funerals to country-level articles. For example, in South Africa, we might want to say something like "Funerals are major community events that are attended by all family members, neighbors, and friends, as well as anyone with any connection to the family or community. Businesses may close and lesser events may be postponed until after the funeral is over. If you are attending a funeral, dress respectfully in your best black and red clothes – never anything casual." Would you put that under ==Cope== (because that's mostly where we put religious stuff) or under ==Respect== (because wearing the culturally appropriate colors shows respect)?

WhatamIdoing (talk) 18:53, 10 October 2018 (UTC)

I'd say "respect". --Comment by Selfie City (talk about my contributions) 22:44, 10 October 2018 (UTC)
This could be a useful topic, which we all hope we won't need to read. I was going to suggest booking by phone, explaining the situation, in the hope that the airline had sympathy, then I read w:Bereavement flight which says that this is no longer the case.
I would recommend that close family members of the deceased keep all receipts, as there may be some expenses that can be offset against taxes on the estate (death duties are far too complicated a subject to explain for one country, without trying to cover it worldwide!).
I think that the article could give some advice on attending funerals whilst travelling. I am thinking of funerals of casual acquaintances such as somebody staying in the same hostel, or a local that you have got to know. AlasdairW (talk) 23:19, 10 October 2018 (UTC)
Having read your South Africa example fully, I'd actually lean in the direction of "Cope" for that secrion now. --Comment by Selfie City (talk about my contributions) 01:26, 11 October 2018 (UTC)