What is the funeral procession?
This is sometimes another term for the “cortege” which refers to the transportation of the deceased from the place of their funeral service to their final resting place, i.e. interment (burial) or cremation. In years gone by, the funeral procession would travel at a slow speed, all cars would have their lights on, traffic would pull over for the funeral procession to pass and male pedestrians would doff their caps. Unfortunately nowadays, the courtesy once afforded to death has been replaced with impatience and road rage. Martha-Louise asks everyone to put their lights on – this helps when looking in the rear vision mirror to see if most of the cortege are following, but warns families that while she will do everything to keep the funeral procession together, they may become separated. To avoid inciting road rage, a funeral procession will generally travel at the prevailing speed limit. Time is usually given at the final destination to allow for those who may have lost the main group. When there are a number of people unfamiliar with the area, the family sometimes ask the funeral directors to print off a map in case people get lost.