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    Pulling to the side of the road for a funeral procession...

    So where I live and work, as close as I am to DC, I don't know if it's just the "hustle and bustle" of the area, but I don't see many people performing what I consider this courtesy: pulling to the side of the road for an oncoming passing funeral procession.

    When I was in Tennessee, where we buried both my grandmothers, my grandfather, and my mother . . . our family cemetery is out of the city confines and more rural. But the funeral director -- who is third generation and knows my family well, so he's very much into the small shows of respect -- for all four funerals, would pull into the city intersections (even before we'd made it out into the country), stop traffic and motion us through. Maybe because it was a smaller town, I don't know, but everyone stopped. No one tried to bum-rush through the lights or pass, all cars pulled off and the ones behind us (not necessarily in the procession) even turned on their hazards. I find that not only very touching but also a courtesy that I try to do as well. We even passed an off-duty officer who'd stopped, taken off his hat and bowed his head for the passing vehicles for my grandmother last March.

    Do you think this is an outdated form of showing respect, or do you find it touching when done?
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    I don't think that is outdated at all - it is actually refreshing to hear stories like this. our society tends to focus instead on acts of cruelty, obnoxiousness, and lack of caring about other people's feelings instead of the good in people. I see the lack of respect for one another as a big problem, and it's nice to hear that people can do the right and honorable thing
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    Around where I am, in the country-slowly-turning-suburban, used to always have a deputy or a policeman assigned to work a funeral procession. That has just about stopped, but there are off-duty cops who do escort service, for a price. Depending on the complexity of the route, there will be one-three, on motorcyles. They will go ahead and stop traffic and intersections, then catch back up.

    I do try to stop and pull to the side when one goes by. Except on freeways and such roads. Some people pull over, even there, but that is illegal, and crazy dangerous.
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    Showing respect SHOULD never be an outdated concept. Unfortunately, its the state of our society I am afraid. There is no respect anymore. At least a lot less of it. Its really sad.

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    yes it's out of respect and I do it every time...but I have to admit African American funeral have a TON of cars OMFG!!! Just plan on sittin on the side of the road for an hour.

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    very timely. I was driving home from work today and there actually was one coming the other way, I pulled over along with the car ahead of me and behind me...

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    it is sad to know that people don't pull over for funerals much around here.. when I see it I am actually shocked.. I do it.. that person deserves to have his last moments above ground with someone showing them some respect.. but these people not pulling over for funerals are the same ones not pulling over for firetrucks and cop cars as well.. it chaps my lips to know that we have such little respect for emergency vehicles and for our dead..

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    Always! I noticed just the other day....cars were flying by and I think that is one of the most disrespectful things. Pull over and give that family respect.
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    One thing I enjoy about living here in Podunk, Ky... This is pretty much a very common occurrence. I never have seen a funeral procession pass where traffic continues. I appreciate that people in this area have still maintained this degree of respect.

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    I think it should be done out of respect


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