Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Drive-Thru Funeral Parlor Opens in Compton

A funeral home in Compton, California is the most recent mortuary to offer drive-thru viewing of the dead -- who's body rests in an open casket in a glass-encased chamber. Says one mourner: "You can come by after work, you don't need to deal with parking, you can sign the book outside and the family knows that you paid your respects. It's a convenience thing." And laziness! The venue provides a speedy way for well-known community folk to be viewed en masse. Seniors don't have to leave their cars. Those who can't stomach stepping inside a funeral home don't have to. Families can avoid the complications of hosting a formal indoor viewing. And the disabled can roll through in their own wheelchairs. (Sidebar: There's at least one other drive-thru funeral parlor in Chicago and another in Louisiana.)

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