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What To Notice When Choosing Funeral Flags

There are many situations which require a bit of planning when dealing making final arrangements for someone who has passed away. One of these is that funerary services are often held at a location other than the cemetery where the body is to be interred. To make sure the transition from one facility to another goes smoothly, funeral flags are usually employed.

The line of mourners traveling together from service's location to interment site is called a funerary procession. Though some groups and cultures do a slow, mournful walk to the grave side, it is more common to use vehicles in this day and age. The lead position is always given to the hearse, which bears the body or ashes of the one being honored.

The processional line up usually begins with the hearse, which transports the body or remains of the one being mourned. Then comes the limousine, or car that holds the deceased's spouse, parents, children or significant other. Next in order are immediate family members followed by all other vehicles carrying mourners.

Though many times funerary processions are granted a police escort to ensure the group travels uninterrupted, additional methods may also be used. Banners, normally supplied by the Home handling the arrangements, are a traditional way to identify those included in the group. There are several different styles available.

Sometimes, wide ribbons are stretched across the hood of each car, identifying the passengers as in mourning. More commonly used are banners flown from flexible plastic rods attached to an automobile's door window. These may also be found with a magnetic base designed to firmly adhere to the metal or vinyl outside of the vehicle.

Generally speaking, these products are about twelve inches high and use staffs that are flexible to bend, rather than break when stressed. The banners attached to them are usually 6" x 9" and starched for easy viewing. They come in multiple colors, including purple, orange and white, and feature a contrasted cross in the center.


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