Oh My, Drive By Wakes for the Newly-Deceased


Drive-through wakes have hit the deep south!

They’re accessible and convenient — they’re drive-through wakes for the newly-deceased.

The new and latest excuse for not wasting time showing respect for the dead is that it creeps some people out!

“It helps out those that lack (physical) mobility, those who don’t feel like the hassle of parking cars and getting out or those who are scared to come into a funeral home,” said Bernard. “A lot of funeral homes creep people out.”

What do you think?

The drive-through visitations began in January and are offered at no extra charge. Six families have chosen the option. As easy as ordering Big Macs!

“When we first started it, everybody was talking about it and it was a big deal,” said Ivan Phillips, owner of Paradise Funeral Chapel. “Things have now calmed down, and we use the service two to three times a week.”

Sure, you can get used to hanging also.

He’s not the first to come up with the idea. A funeral parlor in Saginaw, Michigan began offering drive through visitations in 2014 but R. Bernard funeral Services in Memphis Orange Mound is the first in the south.

It’s not all that bad. Some of those viewing have already been in the funeral parlor for hours and just take a last look at the dead on the way out.

It is going to be hard for the drive bys to offer their condolences to the families of the deceased this way, but , oh, what the hay, at least they won’t be creeped out.

“We still have traditional visitation services,” Bernard said. “The drive-thru is just an added bonus for your family member. It is up to the family to decide if they want this option.”

There is also an iPad for drive-bys that allows the visitors to sign in. They could use EZ-Pass for this and then the bereaved wouldn’t have to bother signing the register.

The funeral parlor owner said most people have responded positively but others say it’s disrespectful to put the dead on display like a car dealership.

So, what do you think? Does it send the right message?

Maybe we could have an iPad wake where we just send photos of the body and people in turn send emails or voice messages back expressing our sadness. They could even extend this to the funeral itself.

All I can say is people better show up at my wake or I’ll come back and haunt the b*stards.


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