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Sharon Hunter - September 2021

Myth: The body must be transported by the funeral director

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Transport is required to the place of service, and from there to the place of committal. Today, this is done by the funeral director in a hearse or other vehicle, but in yesteryear, the family would carry or cart the casket from home to church cemetery.

You can do the driving.

There is no law that says you can’t transport the casket yourself. You simply need to get oral or written permission from the deceased’s doctor or medical practitioner. It can be deeply moving taking this final drive together. If that seems like a big step, read 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 of vehicle options to choose from. Transporting the casket is an additional charge to the funeral home’s basic service fee.

Personalizing the journey

Even if the funeral director is driving, you could personalize the journey by having particular music playing or placing flowers and memorabilia in the car. The funeral director will be happy to accommodate your wishes.

Convoy, anyone?

When it comes to transport, keeping your guests together can add a special dimension to your Great Goodbye. Imagine everyone in a fleet of classic cars or pick-up trucks driving in formation behind the casket. Or in a double-decker bus.

Hiring special vehicles for the funeral procession is another way to bring atmosphere to the day. There are several great options in the Great Goodbyes marketplace.

"There is no law that says you can’t transport the casket yourself."

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