SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — A Saginaw funeral home is offering an unusual new convenience for mourners — a drive-thru viewing window.
Paradise Funeral Chapel has installed a window that displays a body inside the building, The Saginaw News reports curtains over the window automatically open when a car pulls up, and mourners get three minutes to view a body as music plays overhead.
President Ivan Phillips says many people are afraid of funeral homes. He says his drive-thru allows people who might not otherwise visit the funeral home to honor the deceased.
Phillips says it’s up to each family to decide if they want to use the window. His business also offers a silver, horse-drawn carriage to bring the dead to nearby cemeteries.
At least three other U.S. funeral homes offer drive-thru service.
Phillips said he’s had the idea for years, but a particular incident pushed him to make it reality. An elderly woman in a nursing home could not make it inside the chapel to attend her husband’s funeral.
“She would’ve got a chance to see him if we had this, so I knew we had to move forward,” Phillips said.