May 30

Although the mobile phone can be our staunch ally at times, helping us make our lives as convenient, comfortable and efficient as possible, these obvious advantages do not come without their drawbacks – many of which highlight the impact they can have on our society in terms of compassion and sensitivity.

Recent research has uncovered the surprising truth: although the majority of the public believe that use of mobile phones in public places is a nuisance, a shocking number of people don’t seem to understand that there are times when mobile phone usage of any kind, is inappropriate.

A recent survey of 2,000 people across the UK has revealed that two in five people do not turn their phones off during funeral services and a small percentage refuse to even turn down the volume. One in sixteen people admitted to checking a received message while at a funeral and a recent, independent survey of 170 funeral directors, revealed that a shocking one in five funerals is interrupted by a mobile phone ringing. One of these instances involved the tune ‘If You’re Happy And You Know It Clap Your Hands’ ringing out as a coffin was lowered, and in another instance, a vicar’s mobile ringing as he gave a eulogy in North Wales.

Mobile Phone Etiquette at Funerals

Mobile Phone Etiquette at Funerals [Infographic] by the team at Co-operative Funeralcare

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