Introducing yourself to the family at a funeral or memorial service
When introducing yourself to the family at a funeral or memorial service, be proactive. Those grieving will likely not approach you, so you should approach them.
It’s a good idea to keep your words brief. Say your name, explain your relationship to the person who died, and express your condolences. If certain family members want to talk more with you, be prepared to stay and chat. You can share a memory of the person who died or simply tell the family how much the person who died will be missed.
For tips on how to express your condolences, see our article How to Express Sympathy: What to Say and What Not to Say.
Introducing yourself to other guests at a funeral or memorial service
If you want, you should also introduce yourself to other guests at the service. You can ask about how they are connected to the person who died or the family, or you can introduce yourself and explain your connection to the person who died or the family. Remember that everyone attending the service is there to grieve and console together, and you should not feel embarrassed about not knowing anyone or introducing yourself to anyone.