Hats and Funerals

Discussion in 'Hats' started by DocMustang, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. Edward

    Edward Bartender

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    I don't recall ever seeing anyone stop and get out of a car while a funeral procession passed, but it would certainly, in my experience in both Ireland and Britain, be considered polite to allow a funeral procession to pass where necessary - and getting in between any of their cars is a major faux pas (as played for comedic effect in sitcom The Inbetweeners). I would myself trend to remove my hat if I am passed by or pass by a funeral procession, it seems only polite. I expect a lot of folks these days wouldn't think to do that, not out of any malice or even unthinkingness, but more as hat wearing has slipped out of the norm, many of the associated customs have also been lost.

    My understanding is that both are fairly standard patterns for those raised in the Roman Catholic tradition - certainly in Ireland.
     
  2. suitedcboy

    suitedcboy One Too Many

    My last wishes are keep your hat on and the procession goes 10 over the speed limit. I haven't figured out which hat is my bury me in it hat. Actually I'm having trouble with hats I want to be buried with. If reincarnation happens and allows hats to convey to the new soul I'll want to give the person a head start on the hat collection.
    I pull over and remove hat. It just seems the right thing to do.
     
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  3. Bamaboots

    Bamaboots I'll Lock Up

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    As one who has escorted hundreds of funeral processions, all I will say is OUTLAW THE DAMN THINGS. I've seen lead vehicles and hearses break down, police officers lead the procession the wrong way, accidents involving those in the procession, accidents involving those not in the procession, accidents involving PO's in the procession, written tickets to those breaking the procession and seen countless acts of road rage during processions. End them.

    Oh, I'm sorry, this was about hats. Wear it or don't. I don't care.
     
  4. Frunobulax

    Frunobulax

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    What's your feelings on Second Lines?
     
  5. Clifton

    Clifton New in Town

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    Hi All, I've been looking and not taking part for too long - sorry, didn't mean to be a snooper. Been wondering how to jump in and this seems as good a place as any. I hope.

    My late father used to say how proud he was when he saw me stop while walking to school and remove my school cap as a funeral went past. A little consideration for what others are going through never hurts. If I'm walking or driving I tend to touch my hand to my heart. Funerals aren't jolly events, but when we followed the hearse carrying my mother a truck loaded with industrial size gas bottles passed us on a roundabout with all the bottles falling into each other, I mentioned that one spark and we'd beat mother to the crematorium, it raised a smile at a difficult time.
     
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  6. Bamaboots

    Bamaboots I'll Lock Up

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    All in!
     
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  7. Bamaboots

    Bamaboots I'll Lock Up

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    Having made my SA comments, though with serious intent, I want to say that I live in a community with a large military presence. There have been occasions when I was on the short interchange near the airport when some of our fallen heroes have returned home. I will always stop and exit the vehicle, remove my hat and stand with the others who brought the otherwise busy I565 to a stop.
     
  8. Bill Hughes

    Bill Hughes Call Me a Cab

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    I live outside a pretty small town. It’s still very common for cars to pull over during funeral processions.
     
  9. belfastboy

    belfastboy My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    My father would always pull over but I do not recall getting out of the car. Interesting thing is I rarely see funeral processions these days. Most memorial services are held at the grave site around here so you don't see the long processions as we once did.
    I visited a friend living on a small gulf island. While driving she would exchange waves with everyone who passed us. I asked her eventually how she came to know so many of the islanders. Her reply..."Oh, I don't know who they are but we always wave to everybody." I think it is a function of small town, small island life....less hectic and folks have time to make room for that.....here in the city, not so much.
     
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  10. Bushman

    Bushman My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    I was a pallbearer in my cousin's husband's funeral yesterday, and I removed my hat every time we entered a chapel.
     

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