A funeral procession is crucial as a funeral service. It is a way of bidding a final goodbye to your loved one. You can join the procession and give your final send-off if it brings comfort to the family and friends.
What is a funeral procession?
A hearse leads a funeral procession. It has the close friends and family of the deceased following the coffin to its final place. A traditional funeral procession starts from the home or at the funeral home. On reaching the cemetery, place of worship, or crematorium, the cortege, is led by foot.
Sometimes the funeral procession takes a specific route. It may be the journey that has personal landmarks or memories of the deceased person.
The etiquette of a funeral procession
A few things to remember while driving a funeral procession is to adhere to the etiquettes:
- Arrive early-Arrive at the funeral procession or home early. It gives you enough time to settle and park up, acquire essential instructions, such that there may be a car to travel.
- Understand the route – It is beneficial to understand the funeral procession route. In case the funeral car moves in front during the journey, and you stay behind. Knowing the route beforehand ensures you arrive at the right place.
- Drive safely and slowly – A funeral procession moves slowly, such as 20 miles an hour. Try to keep the same speed and follow the vehicle slowly. You may drive close to the car such that you keep going behind the hearse. However, ensure a safe braking distance. You need not panic even if you get separated at some point. You may follow the route and reach the place of the funeral service.
- Ensure parking space- You may check for the availability of parking, or park elsewhere nearby and reach the funeral service in time.
Process Of The Funeral Procession
A funeral procession has the hearse leading it, and chauffeur-driven limousines follow. The limousines carry close friends and immediate family. The guests attending the christian or catholic funeral service follow the funeral procession.
The deceased family decides the order where the funeral procession enters the crematorium or place of worship. The officiant leads the pallbearers and the procession. The immediate family walks with the close friends behind the coffin, and the other guests follow the family and friends.
There are no laws, yet certain rules require you to follow. Witnessing a hearse and a funeral procession on the road means you should give respect.
A few tips for drivers:
- Drivers, in general, give way allowing the hearse and funeral cars to go.
- Do not cut into the funeral procession or beep your horn
- Avoid loud music and do not overtake a procession
If you see a funeral procession while walking, stop for a few minutes. Do not cross the road in front of the funeral cars or the hearse. Bow your head as a nice gesture and allow it to pass as a sign of respect.