If you’ve never participated in one, you’ve probably found yourself driving somewhere when you see a black hearse followed by a long line of vehicles with flags. Even if you don’t know the person, you feel a sense of respect and empathy, a moment of reflection, for the individual who passed and his or her family.
Funeral processions have long been a tradition in the U.S. and other countries, but recently many funeral homes are no longer offering this service because it can be challenging to transport several vehicles and many family and friends from one location to the burial site. But at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Homes, we still offer this service as part of our funeral planning in Clark County, WI because we believe that a funeral procession is important.
Part of the grieving process
Regardless of how you celebrate a life or mourn a death, having the opportunity to say goodbye is essential. While a funeral procession may not be for everyone, some individuals feel that they are accompanying their loved one on a final journey, and they want to do that together, as a group, with family and friends. At Maurina-Schilling Funeral Homes, we want to make sure that this is a service available to those who want it.
Keeping everyone together
Without a funeral procession, it is easy for people to get separated or left behind. We’ve heard from individuals who attended funerals and took a wrong turn and were then not present for the actual burial service, which was devastating for them. Keeping everyone together from the moment the service is over until their arrival at the burial site ensures that everyone who wishes to do so is able to participate in the burial service.
Honoring a loved one
Traditionally, funeral processions were meant as a way to honor a loved one. If you think of high-profile events, from a presidential inauguration to a royal wedding, a procession is part of the event as a way of showing honor and respect. Many families feel that their loved one deserves to be shown a similar honor for the person they were and the life they lived. A funeral procession allows a family to feel that they are showing a final respect to a person that they love and admire, and it often activates community support.
For many, a funeral procession is just a tradition, and in times of deep sorrow, most people tend to cling to their traditions. Whether it was the last wish of a recently departed loved one or the need of the family and friends left behind, honoring tradition is often an essential part of the grieving process.
At Maurina-Schilling Funeral Homes, we understand that a funeral procession is not for every family, but we strongly believe that it should be an option for those who choose to honor a loved one in this particular way. If you are interested in having us helping with your funeral planning in Clark County, WI, our staff is ready to answer any questions you may have. Please reach out to us to learn more.
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