Funeral Procession Etiquette and Law by Scott Glover, Funeral Director, Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home
Have you ever been driving down the road and suddenly, a funeral procession is approaching you from the opposite direction? Do you pull over and put your flasher on? Do you slow down and continue, or do you carry on and disregard it? Well, the correct answer is pull over and put your flashers on. Some may say “Well duh, that’s just common sense and respect to the deceased.” Yes, that is right, but it is also Iowa law. In Iowa Code 321.324A, “A funeral procession is a procession of motor vehicles accompanying the body of a deceased person which is being escorted by a vehicle displaying its emergency flashers and identifying flags. Upon the immediate approach of a funeral procession, the driver of every other vehicle, except an authorized emergency vehicle, shall yield the right-of-way.” Simply put, the funeral procession is like an emergency vehicle responding to an emergency. Do NOT pass the vehicles or cut them off as this can cause a dangerous situation for the passing vehicle as well as the procession vehicles.
Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service has been serving the Dubuque community since 1846. In 1846, Hoffmann Mortuary began operating on fifteenth & Clay (Central) by Mathias M. Hoffmann Sr and was later turned over to Mathias II and then Alois M. Hoffmann. In 1939, Alois moved the mortuary to 1640 Main (Lacey Mansion). Jim and Sharon Schneider purchased the mortuary in 1985, changing the name to Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home. Following the untimely death of Dennis Kitchen, the Schneider’s purchased Dennis Kitchen Funeral Home at 3860 Asbury Road and is now known as Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service. The funeral home boasts a warm welcoming feel, manicured landscaping and a peaceful fountain gracing the front entryway. Our team at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service celebrate lives with the level of respect and professionalism others can only try to imitate. Every family’s goodbye is different and that is why we provide families with an exceptional level of personalized service to ensure the arrangements will be as unique as your loved one. From burial to cremation and life celebrations to permanent memorialization, we have the trusted experience to provide options, not suggestions that merely add expense. For more information, please call 563.582.5222.
Picture left to right:
funeral directors Adam Thielen, Theresa Thielen,
Jim Schneider, Samantha Glover and Scott Glover of Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home
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