Published By: 1World Online
Nothing is sacred anymore.
A funeral home in Saginaw, Michigan is offering drive-through viewings for the convenience of its customers. You simply drive up to a big window. When you do, a curtain opens, and music begins to play. You then view the deceased lying in a coffin as you say your final goodbyes.
Does anyone think this is creepy? Cheap? Degrading? Absurd?
It may be okay for those people who don’t want to enter the funeral home for one reason or the other, but it doesn’t seem to do much for the dignity and respect of the dead.
Of course, it does have its advantages though:
1. You won’t have to look for a parking spot.
2. You can smoke while you cry or curse at the deceased.
3. You can still surf on Facebook or chat on the phone. How’s that for multi-tasking?
4. You can stop at another drive-through on the way to pick up some fast food and munch on a burger and fries while you pay your respects.
5. You can blast and sing along to “Auld Lang Syne” on your car stereo while viewing the body. “Should old acquaintance be forgot?”
Of course lots of people will love this “service” for the convenience it affords, but how far do we have to go to prove how lazy society has become? Is the simple act of getting out of your car and walking into a funeral home that difficult? Is it that time-consuming?
One has to wonder how genuine a viewer’s feelings are for the deceased if they choose to use the drive-through service instead of the traditional one. If you are too lazy to even get out of your car to pay last respects to the dead then why even bother going?
This reminds me of a joke a golfing buddy of mine told me once.
A group of guys are at the outer-edge of a golf course that borders a cemetery. While they are at the eighth hole a funeral procession drives by them. One golfer stops the others from playing and then takes off his hat as he watches the motorcade pass them slowly.
“Wow, John, we didn’t realize you were that respectful of a guy,” his one friend says to him.
“I’m, usually not, buddy, but I was married to her for 20-years so the least I can do is tip my hat off to her as she drives by.”
Drive-through funerals – it’s the new, modern way to show how much you really cared.