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Funeral Procession Etiquette: Are We Showing Enough Respect Today?

Funeral Procession Etiquette: Are We Showing Enough Respect Today?

This summer, a solder’s actions during a funeral procession quickly went viral.  A photo of the soldier standing at attention and saluting as a funeral procession drove by was shared on social media and quickly spread like wildfire.  People from all over the country took a moment to applaud the soldier’s actions and engage in […]

Funeral Cars - A Brief History

Funeral Cars – A Brief History

Today, funeral cars are generally divided into two categories: hearses and limos.  The hearse carries the casket as part of a dignified ceremonial ritual, while the limo carries mourners (usually close relatives and friends, as other funeral attendees generally drive their own vehicles). The history of funeral cars is long and distinguished. Throughout the centuries, […]

Vanity Plates and Funeral Cars - A Good Idea or Bad Taste?

Vanity Plates and Funeral Cars – A Good Idea or Bad Taste?

People who own hearses and other types of funeral cars typically have a sense of humor. Granted, that sense of humor is usually on the morbid side, but it’s a sense of humor nonetheless. Some of them like to display their funny side on their vehicles with a clever and witty vanity plate. Unfortunately, many […]

How to Learn More About the Quirky World of Funeral Business

How to Learn More About the Quirky World of Funeral Business

Some of you might remember Richard O’Brien from the 1975 cult classic film The Rocky Horror Picture Show. O’Brien has enjoyed a long career in offbeat film, television and stage shows since those days, including the Rocky Horror sequel Shock Treatment and the gamer geek flick Dungeons and Dragons. In 2008, O’Brien was back on […]

21st century funeral cars and the mobility internet

21st Century Hearse: What Will Future Funeral Cars Look Like?

What will the next incarnation of the funeral car look like? Authors William Mitchell, Christopher Borroni-Bird, and Lawrence Burns believe they know. A new book describes what they call the “mobility internet,” and the implications for the funeral car business are incredible. For starters, this trio are suggesting that all cars, funeral hearses included, will […]

funeral cars with rearview cameras

Rearview Camera: Coming To A Funeral Car Near You

The rearview camera has been declared the auto technology of the year for 2013. All the auto manufacturers are incorporating this new technology, and you might think that your funeral car fleet doesn’t need it, but think again. Rearview cameras do more than just show drivers what’s behind them. Auto makers are also tying all […]

funeral car fuel efficiency

How To Increase Funeral Car Fuel Efficiency

An interesting article about the auto start-stop feature got me to thinking about fuel efficiency in funeral cars. In a day when gas prices are hitting near $4 per gallon or more, fuel economy is becoming an increasingly more important concern for all drivers. It should also be an important concern for funeral directors. When […]

self-driving funeral cars

Is It Time For A Self-Driving Funeral Car?

State after state is passing laws to address the inevitability of self-driving cars. In fact, three states – Florida, California, and Nevada – have allowed testing of such vehicles on their roadways. Michigan is conducting a survey to determine whether a test of self-driving cars should be done in their state. Say what you will, […]

regular funeral car maintenance will make your fleet last longer

5 Ways To Make Your Funeral Car Last Longer

If you are looking for ways to make your funeral car last longer, there is good news for you. These simple technologies will go a long way to helping you take better care of each funeral car in you fleet. A back seat shelf – If you let your passengers destroy your funeral cars by […]

funeral car co-pilot via robitics

Does Your Funeral Car Need A Co-pilot?

If technological innovators have their way you may have a robot co-pilot for each funeral car in your fleet. Maybe not tomorrow, but someday soon. Researchers at MIT have developed what they are calling a “semiautonomous safety system” for cars. From the looks of things, the system could work in any type of automobile, even […]