Myth: The body must be transported by the funeral director

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The final drive; it is one of the more moving and solemn parts of the funeral.

Transport is required to the place of service, and from there another trip to the place of committal (unless the service is at the cemetery or crematorium). In contemporary times this is done by the funeral director in a hearse or other vehicle, but when communities were smaller, the family would simply carry the casket from home to church cemetery or perhaps take a cart.

There is no law that says you can’t transport the casket yourself. You will simply need to get oral or written permission from the deceased’s doctor or medical practitioner. It can be deeply moving to take this final drive together. Seem like a big step? Check out some inspiring stories in our blogs about others who took a personal approach to transporting the casket.

If the elegance and formality of the large black hearse fits with your Great Goodbye, the funeral home will be very happy to make arrangements on your behalf. Increasingly, funeral homes have a wide range vehicle options to choose from. Transporting the casket is an additional charge to the funeral home basic service fee. You might want personalise the journey by having particular music played, place certain flowers or other memorabilia in the car and your funeral director will be happy to take your instructions.

When thinking about transport, you might also want to consider arranging something for guests. If you are thinking of holding the funeral service and/or wake somewhere out of town (or even if you aren’t), keeping everyone together can make for a special Great Goodbye. There are several great options in the market place. Hiring special vehicles for the funeral procession is another way to bring atmosphere to the day. Imagine a fleet of classic cars or pick up trucks driving in formation behind the casket. Nobody would be in any doubt as to the passion and personality of the person who has died.

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