When you're preplanning your funeral arrangements, it's easy to focus on the service and the burial ceremony. Don't make the mistake of overlooking the manner in which those paying tribute to your memory get from one venue to the other. The procession from the funeral home to the cemetery is an important detail to think about. There are many different requests that you can make about the procession, and it's important to note that there's no "right" way of organizing it. This gives you the freedom to make some advance decisions that suit you, and that your family can carry out after your passing. Here are some considerations for the procession.
There are a few different ideas that you can consider in terms of the vehicles used in the procession. A common option is to have your immediate family ride in a couple vehicles driven by funeral home staff. These may directly follow the hearse that carries your body. Some people don't want a lot of fuss for their funeral, so the use of formal vehicles might not suit you. In this case, you might simply request for family members and other attendees to drive their own vehicles and to fall in line behind the hearse.
Commonly, the funeral procession will take the most sensible route from the funeral home to the cemetery. The funeral director will often suggest a route that has a minimal amount of turns and traffic. The simplicity of the route can help to keep the vehicles in the procession traveling in a pack, rather than getting split up at various points. You can simply go with this simple route, but you can also request the procession to travel past something of significance to you, provided that it makes sense geographically. For example, if you're a serious fan of a local sports team, requesting that the procession passes the team's stadium might be a nice thought.
It's not common for the funeral procession to stop, but this does sometimes occur. There might be a reason that you want the group of vehicles to stop in a certain area. Often, this may occur at a special spot for you. For example, if you always loved walking through a park in your community, you could ask for the procession to stop at the park and have everyone take a lap of the pathway in your memory, before getting back into the vehicles and proceeding to the cemetery for the burial service.
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16 May 2018
Hi everyone, my name is Sari Blakenship. My first time visiting a funeral home was an extremely comforting experience. Although I was blindsided by the death of my loved one, the funeral director helped me through the planning process without taking advantage of my grief. I was allowed to work at my own pace to cope with the grief in a healthy way. I was never rushed or pressured, despite the necessary timeline. Whenever I couldn't move forward, the funeral director held my hand and offered words of comfort. I would like to share each step of the funeral planning process to help others through this difficult process. Planning a funeral takes a lot of thought and time during a particularly difficult period. Please visit whenever you need a hand.