Friday, June 30, 2006

Townie funeral etiquette

Oh, don't be offended by the title, I was born a townie and my mom is a born and bred townie but since my formative years were around the bay (and my accent reflects that) I will always be a bayman. Anyway, I am just wondering what is the etiquette for a funeral procession in town. I met a long funeral procession yesterday in Topsail and the person in front of me slowed down so I went to pull over but everyone passed me. Then I started to drive slowly past the funeral but the person behind me stayed so tight behind me, I think he could see what was in my trunk. I have met funeral processions in St. John's too and have always been at a loss what to do. I come from a small community and we pulled off the road when a funeral procession was on the road (either side) as a sign of respect. Easy to do in a place with around 300 people in it. Funerals are not a daily occurrence there. So when I came back into St. John's, I wasn't sure what to do when I met a funeral procession. From the actions of others, I gather we do nothing but I've always felt uncomfortable about it and now is my chance to put it out to you.


At 2:22 PM, Blogger Ed Hollett said...

I have alsways slowed or stopped as the hearse passes. Admittedly this is difficult if not impossible on a four-laner but on a town-lane street or road it's impolite not to acknowledge the procession in my book.

oh yeah. and if I am wearing a cap, off it comes.

At 12:13 PM, Anonymous Maura Hanrahan said...

Everyone used to stop their cars during a funeral in St. John's but this tradition is likely wearing off. I remember when we were young, Catholics used to cross themselves whenever they drove by a church. Don't know if anyone does that anymore.

At 10:52 PM, Blogger Owen's Mom said...

Maura -

My mother still does!


At 10:28 AM, Blogger Penny Shagwell said...

Even in Toronto, we still try to pull over to the side if the procession is going past. Of course, it's easier here because there's usually a police escort stopping traffic.


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