A funeral parlour in the US state of Virginia is to offer drive-thru visitation for mourners not wanting to leave the air-conditioned comfort of their car when paying respects. Only in America, as the saying goes.

It’s perhaps unsurprising, coming from a country so in love with the car. Lazy motorists are already spoilt, not only with drive-thru fast food outlets, but also supermarkets, banks and department stores.

Convenience may have got one over on common sense in this case, with Oliver & Eggleston Funeral Establishment putting corpses on public view in a fully dressed window display.

The idea was thought up by proprietor Carl Eggleston, who wanted to make viewings easier for the elderly and disabled.

Speaking to the MailOnline, Eggleston went on to further explain the benefits of a drive-thru funeral parlour: “It allows people to have after-hours viewing without requiring staff to do that. If it's raining or snowing and you don't want to get out of the car, then this allows you to view a loved one and see details of the funeral service.”

He added: “I want to stress that it is only at the family's request that we roll the body over here.

“The room can be illuminated on a timer for as long as the family wish the body to be viewed, for example, between 7pm-11pm.”

Currently, the funeral parlour has yet to sell one drive-thru funeral.

Click play below to watch a US TV news report on the drive-thru funeral parlour

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Daljinder Nagra


July 3, 2013