Drive-through mortuary viewings premiered in Florida more than 30 years ago, but have more recently become a growing trend. I googled “drive through funeral homes” and found 14 million listings. Nearly every U.S. state has them now. One of the oldest, in a gang-infested area of Los Angeles, features bullet-proof glass. Well, yeah.
I haven’t been to one, but I’m picturing something like…
- “Hi, and welcome to McDeath. We put the fun in funerals!
- “Right, uh, I’d like to see my cousin Ernie.”
- “He was cremated. Would you like to see the ashes?”
- “Would you like fries with that?”
It seems to me there’s something a smidge perverse about making death convenient. We shouldn’t fear death, exactly (that’s missing the point). But neither should we trivialize it.
More Thoughts on Death
“It kills me sometimes, how people die.” ~Markus Zusak
“Many people die at twenty-five and aren’t buried until they are seventy-five.” ~Benjamin Franklin
“I’m not afraid of death; I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” ~Anonymous
“Don’t think of it as dying,” said Death. “Just think of it as leaving early to avoid the rush.” ~Terry Pratchett
“It is nothing to die. It is frightful not to live.” ~Victor Hugo
“Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones.” ~Shannon Alder
“Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.” ~Arthur Schopenhauer
“The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.” ~J.K. Rowling
“To die will be an awfully big adventure.” ~J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
“Live like you were dying.” ~Tim Nichols (lyricist/songwriter)