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First I would like to thank all of our blogging friends for your kind words and prayers. During the difficult times we all need friends and family to get us though it. 

With that said, I wanted to share with you something very special about my grandfather’s service.  My Aunt, Uncle and Niece did a beautiful job pulling the chaos together and gave him a wonderful tribute to his life.  Right before the service, the sun came out and it was a beautiful day. 

What touched me was when we left the church in the procession to the funeral home.  It touched me because I had never seen this before.  As we drove through town, every car either stopped or pulled off the highway; a gentleman that was weed eating a lawn stopped and put his hand on his heart; two eighteen wheelers pulled off the highway; and a construction worker stopped and removed his hard hat and covered his heart as we drove by. 

Respect 

Having always lived in a large city I had never seen this before.  Complete strangers paying my family respect.  I hope that I can take some of that with me and remember the peace that it brought.

SuZan

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  1. * Katie says:

    What a wonderful tribute.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 5 months ago
  2. * Kellie says:

    I thought they did that everywhere. I grew up knowing that pulling over for a funeral procession is just the thing to do, to show respect for a life lived and a family left behind. It’s funny sometimes the difference between places. I’d be heartbroken and yep, pissed off if I went to a funeral in a bigger city and they didn’t do it. In our town, the policemen direct traffic through the traffic lights for the funeral procession….

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 5 months ago
  3. * christie says:

    wow, that’s beautiful.

    I’m glad the service was nice

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 5 months ago
  4. * Dixie says:

    I’m glad the service was nice.

    I’m with Kellie. I thought that was done everywhere. Funerals here get police escorts and they stop traffic through traffic lights. They will even motion a car to pull over and stop if someone happens to be ignorant to the tradition.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 5 months ago
  5. * Shell says:

    I’ve seen that in small towns too. The town I grew up in half of the residents would be showing up for a funeral so the procession would be LONG.

    I was shocked when I moved to Houston and I saw cops leading and ending the procession.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 5 months ago
  6. * speckledpup says:

    yeah, we do that in our small town too.
    It blows your mind when it’s for you, don’t it?

    I hope you can find comfort in your great memories during this time.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 5 months ago
  7. * Carrie says:

    I learned about that in college, as it was the custom in San Marcos, a much smaller town that Houston. I was used to the police led escorts where, people occasionally would pull over, except on the freeways- they just move over then. 😛

    Glad you got such a wonderful tribute!!!

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 5 months ago
  8. * Kami says:

    Yes ma’am. I always do that. (((HUGS))) I;ll give you a real one real soon.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 5 months ago
  9. Suzan I am so sorry. Been out of the loop a few days.

    I always pull over for a funeral. ALWAYS. It is just the right thing to do.

    I always say a prayer when I see an ambulance tearing down the road too. You never know who is in there.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 5 months ago
  10. * Missy says:

    Oh my that brought tears to my eyes. That is the way it should be. What a great experience during a horrible time.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 5 months ago
  11. * paula says:

    After moving to Ohio in 1996, I pulled over for a funeral procession (because we ALWAYS did in Texas while I was growing up) and my now husband thought I was nuts. In fact, the people behind me honked. I was FLOORED that it was not done up here. It still breaks my heart to this day when I just have to drive by. Feels like I’m breaking a moral law.

    I am truly sorry for your loss.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 5 months ago
  12. That is so nice that all those people that weren’t in cars also stopped what they were doing. Very nice.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 5 months ago


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