The Importance of a Funeral Procession

By: Greg Hurd
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A funeral procession offers grieving loved ones the opportunity to accompany the remains of the deceased to the funeral service. Hurd Funeral Homes in Chillicothe, Illinois has been offering funeral services for years, including leading funeral processions to transport the departed to the funeral service in accordance with age-old norms.

 

What is a Funeral Procession?

In essence, a funeral procession is a parade made up of vehicles ferrying mourners and the body of the deceased to the funeral service. Over the years, the funeral procession has changed from simply walking on foot to the use of motorized transport in the form of cars. As the procession moves along, people along the way also get the opportunity to show their respect to the deceased and the mourners by either stopping or giving way for the procession to pass. The procession is among the most significant aspects of any send off for the departed.

 

Controversy

Over the years, the importance of the funeral procession has been watered down in different ways. First and foremost, laws have been crafted to all but, outlaw funeral processions. Other road users no longer have to stop and give way to the vehicles in a funeral procession ferrying mourners and the remains of the deceased to the funeral service. However, as a motorist, you can stop as a show of respect and honor for the departed and those mourning. The inconvenience caused by the processions has also led to a lot of criticism against this important funeral ritual.

Even with the above in mind, it is important to remember the role played by this part of the funeral process.

 

Accompanying the Dead

Funeral processions provide relatives, friends and others mourning the departed a great opportunity to accompany the deceased to the next life, symbolically. By walking or driving the deceased to the funeral service and their final resting place, those mourning get the satisfaction of having done their part in accompanying them along this important journey.

 

Community

As a procession moves, other people in the community get to show their support for those mourning the loss. Furthermore, they get to acknowledge the death of one of the members of the community. Those who stop along the way, as they encounter the procession headed to the funeral service, get the opportunity to honor the departed as well as think about their own lives and mortality.

 

Perhaps the most significant role played by funeral processions comes in the feeling of togetherness in mourning. During the procession to the funeral service, different people come out and support each other as they mourn the departed externally together. This is an important part of the grieving process. Contact Hurd Funeral Homes today for more information about funeral processions to the funeral service. 

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