Lets say you want to pay respects to a loved one who passed away but can’t get to the funeral due to work, family, disabilities or an uncomfortable feeling. Well according to Commercial Appeal, a man named Ryan Bernard moved to Memphis from California with the idea to buy a old bank building and turn it into a funeral home with drive-thru viewings.
“It helps out those that lack (physical) mobility, those who don’t feel like the hassle of parking cars and getting out of those who are scared to come into a funeral home.”
Four famiies has used the service at R. Bernard funeral home. This is not the first drive-thru funeral home as there are several in the Mid-South and California.
Some don’t like the idea. A resident told Local Memphis, “Death is, at certain places they say you should celebrate death. But at the same time that’s something that is private for the family, so if you have a drive-thru window that show that, really you just promoting a business.”
The service of the drive-thru is free with funeral packages.
I’m 50/50 on this as I understand things can get in the way of getting to a funeral but it’s also a sensitive and private event. I wouldn’t use it but wouldn’t criticize anyone who does.