Drive-Up Funeral Visitation…Yes or No?

September 15, 2014

I just saw an article in our local Patch news site about a funeral home in Michigan that’s offering drive-up viewing of deceased persons. I realize the funeral home owners offered some reasons for this service. Still, I’m not convinced that this is the wave of the future.

Maybe I’m old-fashioned. But I thought people decide to spend an hour or two at a funeral home for more than just viewing the remains of the deceased. After all, many people today are choosing to cremate their remains, and there’s not much to see there except an urn or box.

I thought the main reason to visit a funeral home is to offer condolences and comfort to the surviving family and friends. Many families share photos or stories of their loved ones, and visitors share their memories and prayers.

To me, this tradition of physically keeping company with the grieving survivors is most important.

What do you think?




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