While “funeral selfies” have emerged in popular culture, appearing on Instagram and Tumblr pages, with even President Obama taking one during Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, most people don’t plan to bring a selfie-stick to the funeral of a loved one.
A survey of over 1,000 Canadians conducted for Arbor Memorial found only 5 percent think the practice is acceptable during a funeral. Further, only 9 percent think making or receiving phone call is suitable during a memorial, and just 7 percent would feel comfortable posting to social media during a service. (Survey from 2016)
In fact, the vast majority of those polled – 84 percent – think that phones should be put away at a funeral. So if you must be on call, switch your phone to silent mode as a sign of respect to the deceased, and their family and friends.