September 15, 2014 3:30 pm -

A Saginaw, Michigan funeral home is offering af drive-thru viewing service. Paradise Funeral Chapel has installed a drive-thru window allowing people to drive up to pay their last respects, according to MLive.

Funeral home President Ivan E. Phillips explained that this wasn’t a new concept for him, but that he’s had the idea for years.


[su_center_ad]An incident last year was his motivation for implementing the new service, when an elderly woman who was in a nursing home could not make it inside the chapel to visit her husband or attend his funeral.

“She would’ve got a chance to see him if we had this, so I knew we had to move forward,” he added.

“Considering the elderly generation that we service, so many people are afraid of funeral homes. So why not be able to do it from your car?” he asked.

How it works: A retractable door offers a guestbook to sign and there is a slot where they can leave memorial contributions.

The people in the vehicle have 3 minutes to pay their respects before the curtain closes.


This is the most impersonal idea I’ve heard of, even though there are several other funeral homes in the country that offer the same service. Why not just drive by the funeral home and yell out, “holla!” instead?

Big thanks to @MiAtheistGal for the links.[su_csky_ad]

Image: MLive.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

10 responses to Michigan Funeral Home Offers Drive-Thru Viewing

  1. M D Reese September 15th, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Why not just do it all online?…

    • tiredoftea September 15th, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      Old folk’s in Michigan don’t have computers, I guess.

    • Abby Normal September 15th, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      Good idea. Then dead Uncle Ed can have Face time with his relatives in Pasadena and Boise.

      • M D Reese September 15th, 2014 at 7:29 pm

        seriously–I must be one of the last people left who doesn’t conduct their whole life on Facebook…

        • mea_mark September 15th, 2014 at 7:43 pm

          What’s Facebook?

  2. StraightGrandmother September 15th, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    BEST line of the story,
    “Why not just drive by the funeral home and yell out, “holla!” instead?”

  3. neworleans878 September 15th, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    I’m alternating between being really creeped out and laughing my ass off.

  4. Abby Normal September 15th, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Pretty nice. The whole family can pile into the car, go through the drive-thru at McDonald’s then stop by the funeral home and have a look at Uncle Ed whilst munching on burgers and fries.

    “Don”t he look nice, Edna?”
    “He sure does, Bob. Looks real natural.”
    “Mom! Gulliver’s making faces at me and stealing my chicken McNuggets,”

    • dave-dr-gonzo September 26th, 2014 at 9:23 am

      You beat nme to the joke.

      “Can I get fries with that?”

  5. juicyfruityyy September 15th, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    NEXT-Option to have your love ones funeral on line, Then bury your love ones by remote control. You don’t even have to leave your house.