The Importance Of A Funeral Procession

By: Louis Bruno
Friday, May 25, 2018

When you think of funeral processions; long rows of cars, large crowds, and important people come to mind. But this process is also a part of regular funerals involving a small group of family and friends. Loved ones accompany a decedent on their final journey as the body is transported from the funeral home to the cemetery or crematory. At Charles J. O’Shea Funeral Home, we consider this to be an important part of the grieving process.

What is a Procession?

The procession involves traveling with the remains to a final destination. In older times, people used to walk alongside the hearse on foot. This allows other members of the community to pay their respects and say their goodbyes. Today, most processions involve vehicles moving at regular speeds so that community aspect of a procession has faded away. Many states have laws against a full procession because it disrupts traffic and causes inconvenience, especially on busy roads.

Symbolic Significance

Accompanying the decedent in their final journey can help people with the grieving process. It’s harder to stay behind or travel separately because the attachment and pain are still very strong. Many family members and friends feel a sense of comfort when they accompany the decedent, which helps them say their farewell during the burial service.

Many experts agree that a funeral procession has a positive impact on grief and can help people heal. Unfortunately, many modern services skip this aspect because transporting all family members at the same time can be challenging. An experienced and compassionate establishment can help you make these arrangements one request. They will provide limousines that can accommodate large groups of people so grieving individuals can participate in the procession.

If you want to know more about funeral services, don’t hesitate to contact us at Charles J. O’Shea Funeral Home. We’ll be happy to answer your questions.

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