Busy people can now mourn at a drive-thru funeral window

Just when you thought people couldn’t get any more convenience-obsessed, then comes the drive-thru funeral.

Paradise Funeral Chapel in Saginaw, Mich., launched the “first-of-its-kind” service in September. It allows loved ones to drive up to a window, where weight sensors automatically trigger the curtains to open and reveal a casket.

“You may find people that are afraid of funeral homes, that they can view their loved one from the convenience of their car,” funeral home owner Ivan Phillips told WNEM. “The funeral industry is changing rapidly. So my understanding was to bring something here that would be accessible to the community.”

This isn’t the first time Phillips has done something out of the ordinary to accommodate mourners. His chapel is also equipped with webcams that allow clients to watch services via the Internet.

“I think it shows how far advanced people are, especially since we live in such a technologically advanced society,” one mourner said.

Phillips has a message for the naysayers.

“I say to those folks that are uncertain about it, first of all, you have to give it a chance and experience,” he said.

Because nothing shows love like paying your respects while wearing your robe and slippers and eating a Big Mac.

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Carmine Sabia

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