Talking Funeral Etiquette with Peggy Post of The Emily Post Institute

Sep 12, 2013 | 2 comments

Peggy Post, a director of The Emily Post Institute

Peggy Post, a director of The Emily Post Institute

Weddings are fun and anticipated with joy, while funeral planning is generally avoided. Both life cycle events are stressful and require the proprieties of etiquette to help smooth out the awkward moments.

Since most folks avoid discussing funeral or memorial service planning, many don’t know the finer points of funeral etiquette. Get educated with Peggy Post, a director of The Emily Post Institute, as she joins host Gail Rubin on A Good Goodbye Radio on Wednesday, September 18 at 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT.

The podcast is available free through iTunes and

She helps explain what mourners and funeral attendees need to know. Topics discussed include:

  • What to say to a bereaved person (hint – sometimes, a hug is all you need)
  • How to write a condolence note and thank you notes – by hand or by email
  • What changes in today’s funeral and memorial services mean for funeral etiquette
  • How the advice on funerals in the first edition of Emily Post’s Etiquette in 1922 compares to today’s observances
  • The impacts social media and digital photography are making on funeral etiquette
  • How to prepare and deliver a proper eulogy

Peggy Post, Emily Post’s great-granddaughter-in-law, is the author of more than a dozen etiquette books, including the 16th, 17th and 18th editions of Emily Post’s Etiquette, Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette, and Emily Post’s Wedding Planner.

A Good Goodbye is an entertaining and educational weekly 60-minute online radio show on “everything you need to know before you go.” All past program podcasts on A Good Goodbye radio can be downloaded for free from iTunes and

A Good Goodbye covers a wide range of critical information most people don’t consider until there’s a death in the family. Host Gail Rubin brings a light touch to a serious subject and presents expert interviews on funeral planning issues with practical insights into the party no one wants to plan.

By planning ahead and having a conversation, families can reduce stress at a time of grief, minimize family conflict, save money and create a meaningful, memorable “good goodbye.”

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