The dead have played an important role in all countries and cultures on all continents. Although some cultures may honor their dead differently than others, the same reverence is paid to that last journey, everywhere. For most people, the hearse procession is not simply the process of burying the dead. Regardless of beliefs, people from different countries continue to respect this timeless custom.
Although the funeral procession appears to be a shared custom throughout the world, the hearses or hearses used vary greatly. And this is where cultural reflection comes in.
Most Americans, for example, like their hearses blacked out, with no windows. This classic hearse color in the West is traditionally associated with mourning. Additionally, most funeral cars in the United States and Canada use luxury car brands as their base, such as Cadillacs and Lincolns.
In the East, funeral vehicles can be white or gold, and some can even be ornately decorated. As in the West, funeral car manufacturers in the East tend to use luxury car types as a base, with powerful engines.
On the other hand, Latin cultures seem to embrace death. They prefer open hearses with side rails to hold on to as they escort loved ones to their burial site. This may not be so surprising considering their celebrations as the day of the dead.
In Japan, hearses can come in two styles: foreign style and Japanese style. Foreign type hearses are styled similar to American hearses. The Japanese-type hearse, on the other hand, has its rear end designed to resemble an ornate Buddhist temple. This usually requires the rear of the vehicle to be completely modified, where the rear roof and all interior parts are removed. Popular bases for funeral coaches in Japan are not limited to large sedans. Funeral cars can also be minivans and trucks from companies like Nissan and Toyota.
In Australia, people prefer hearses with large windows so they can see their deceased loved ones. This reflects his perhaps vaunted openness and stoicism about facing difficulties and grievances. In Europe, most funeral vehicles are based on commercial vans. In the past, they used to convert midsize vans into funeral cars. Today, Mercedes-Benz vans are quite common.
In recent times, funeral coaches continue to develop. In fact, motorcycle plus side hearses are becoming more popular these days. These types of hearses are often used for funeral processions for motorcycle enthusiasts.
But whatever kind of audience it is, each one equally marks the inevitable event since the dawn of mankind: the last journey to the final resting place.