A funeral procession is the line of motor vehicles following a
hearse from the funeral service to the cemetery. Those closest to
the family are lined up directly behind the hearse with friends
following behind them.
A funeral procession must be accompanied by a licensed escort,
such as a police officer. There is usually one escort per 10-12
vehicles. The cars in a funeral procession are required to have
their lights turned on. Some states may require you to put on your
hazard lights as well.
A funeral procession has the right of way and people are
required to yield to a procession and not interfere or cause an
If close family members are elderly or so distraught it would be
unsafe to drive, you may want to find someone to drive them. You
could ask a family friend or hire a limousine or car service.
If your reception is a distance from the funeral services or you
have a large group of people coming in from out of town and staying
at a hotel, you may want to provide transportation for your guests.
Most car service companies are able to provide passenger vans to
seat larger groups of people.
Make sure that if you have elderly people in your party or women
dressed in skirts, the van company provides a stepping stool.
Mini-coaches may be more comfortable, with a center aisle and steps
into the vehicle. You can also find taxi services that handle
If you are expecting a very large group, you may want to
consider hiring a bus. If you choose to provide transportation to a
reception, keep in mind your guests will also need a ride back to
their cars or hotel. Also determine whether a tip for the driver is
expected, and designate someone in your party to take care of that
so there are no surprises.
Community is a great place to share transportation details and
suggestions with your guests.