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What Is A Funeral Procession? & Other FAQs

A funeral procession is a final journey taken for your loved one. This usually begins at a funeral home or the actual home of the departed, and ends at their final resting place which could be a crematorium, cemetery or place of worship. It might also be the journey from the ceremony to the final resting place, depending on the location and preferences. Here are some frequently asked questions about the cortege.

What Makes Up A Funeral Procession?

The funeral cortege is traditionally made up of a hearse followed by limousines or private family vehicles. Upon leaving, the funeral director will walk for a short while in front of the hearse and coffin. This will give time for anybody else who wants to join to do so.

To personalise a procession, you can ask your funeral directors who will try to accommodate any wishes they can. Some people might opt for different vehicles. For example, carriages, motorbikes, cranes, campervans, or perhaps even tractors. If the departed had a passion, this is a great way to incorporate it into the day.

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Who Takes Part?

A funeral procession is traditionally the funeral director and hearse followed by direct family and then family and close friends. It can, however, involve anybody who you would like to invite. If you want to be a part of one, ensure you arrive early to get instructions from the funeral director who will be able to direct you on where your vehicle can join. Being a part of the procession is a sign of respect, so if you are attending a funeral then it might be appreciated that you join. Just ensure you can park and get inside the service within plenty of time.

What Route Do You Take?

Funeral directors tend to take the easiest route from the home to the ceremony, choosing roads that enable them to go slower if possible. However, many people choose the route they take to make it personal to the departed. This can include going past any old houses they have lived in, any schools they went to, or any special spots that hold memories for them, such as a park or football ground.

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What Is The Etiquette?

Before setting off, ensure you check the route beforehand. Drive slowly and safely behind the cars in front. You want to try to not break up the cortege, but obviously abiding by the rules of the road comes first. Stay close to the car in front whilst maintaining adequate braking distance. What’s more, ensure you aren’t playing loud music as a sign of respect.

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