Call to respect passing hearses

Many funeral directors up and down the country are asking people to respect with dignity any passing funeral corteges they come across when they are out and about.

And Armstrongs Independent Family Funeral Service, which is situated in St Andrew’s Street North, in Bury St Edmunds, has joined the call.

Nick Armstrong said: “Could we ask everyone for some help at this very difficult time.

“If you see a hearse, could you stop, stand for a moment as it passes, perhaps take off your cap, and bow your head?

“In these times where funerals are limited to only a very few close family our chance to support people during bereavement is limited. So, we wondered if we could revive an old tradition that would show people that their loss is noticed and shared by us all?

“It would mean the world to families in a time of sadness.”

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