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Funeral Etiquette: What's Appropriate?

Funerals are never easy. It’s a time when people come together to honor someone’s life.

But did you know there are funeral and procession etiquettes? Yep, there are quite a few things you should know whether you are attending a funeral or not.

Did you know if you are attending a funeral, you aren’t required to wear black? Try to avoid anything bright unless told otherwise by the family.

Arrive at the service early. You don’t want to show up five minutes before or right as the service starts.

Think about the family and be respectful. Cell phones are one of the things that can distract us the most. Don’t let it interrupt a funeral. Turn your phones off or on silent. Also, try not to talk loudly or cause any other distractions that will take eyes off the service.

After the funeral, there might be a procession.

Processions are guided from the funeral home or church to the cemetery. Sometimes you will be escorted by the police or possibly someone from the funeral home. Be patient and know that they are trying to get you from point A to point B safely.

Also, know that you will be driving slow. Some processions don’t exceed 30 MPH. Make sure you stay in line and don’t leave the line unless it is an emergency.

Have you seen a procession lately? Did you know that local traffic ordinances give the right away to a funeral procession? Here’s what you should do if you come in contact with one.

Yield and never cut in and out the line. Never try to pass the procession. If you see one in process, move over and allow them to proceed. Even if your light is green and there is red, you still want to give them the respect by letting them proceed.

Make sure to check for the last car in the procession before you continue driving.

These are just a few things to remember during a funeral or procession. There are a lot more depending on wishes or religion.

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