Nearly everyone understands that when you see a line of vehicles traveling closely together–led by a police escort, all with their lights on–that you’re seeing a funeral procession heading towards burial services. However, did you know that there is definitely a protocol to being in the funeral procession, as well as specific ways that you can show your respect to the deceased? At Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery, we get a lot of questions about this topic and hope we can offer some guidance.
There are a few general rules that everyone who is involved in a funeral procession should follow, such as always keep your headlights on for the entire drive to the cemetery. Here are a few other tips:
Once you’ve arrived for the burial services, it’s important to stay respectful for the deceased. This can be especially difficult if you have small children, but encourage them to speak in low voices and to conduct themselves with as much dignity as possible. Be sure to leave spaces nearest the grave site for close family. It is not unusual for distant family and friends to be standing during the short burial services.
When you keep these tips in mind, you’re offering the highest level of respect to the family of the deceased. If you have questions about where you should park the day of a funeral, always ask our considerate staff and they can help you park appropriately to be a part of the procession.