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Funeral Etiquette & Funeral Cars

Updated February 21, 2017

A death can cause considerable turmoil, not only for the family, but also for well-wishers who may not know what to say or do. Certain formalities and gestures can help to stabilise this painful time.

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Friends and relatives should show support for the family of the deceased, including writing personal notes, preparing food or helping with everyday tasks, according to the North Dakota Funeral Directors Association.


You may send flowers to the funeral home or the family's home unless the family asks you not to.

Funeral Cars

The funeral director determines the list of cars and assigns car seating for the funeral procession, according to Funeral.com. The casket travels in an elongated car called a hearse. While funerals commonly use black cars, no strict etiquette applies to car types or styles.

Motorcade Protocol

During a funeral motorcade, vehicles identify themselves by keeping their headlights on. Escorts on motorcycles often lead and follow the motorcade to keep the cortege together.

Funeral Service

Attending the memorial or funeral service strengthens your support for the family of the deceased. By writing a simple sentiment in the guest book, you will remind the family that you paid your respects.

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