Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Drive-Through Funerals, Bacon Coffins, Modern Death Rituals (Video 2:41)
Through the years, funeral rituals have grown to new heights with awe-inspiring audio and visual displays including themes that would make the deceased proud. With the existence of drive-through cemeteries with low, tilted monuments that glow in the dark for easy reading at night, it’s no surprise that drive-through funerals where you can “have it your way” followed.
Drive-through funeral homes with bulletproof glass provide the opportunity for mourners and the curious to drive or walk up from the street, view the deceased resting in peace, and sign the guestbook. When the deceased is displayed just right, a high compliment might be expressed such as “Look how she’s dressed. Bless her soul. That looks just like her.”
Funerals have evolved in many ways including having the deceased posed in action positions such as riding a motorcycle. Some golf lovers are being funeralized with decorations, services, and food centered around a golf theme. Coffins created to look like bacon (with bacon-scented air fresheners), animals, plants, and vehicles are only a few innovations reflecting creativtiy beyond the traditional.
Bacon lovers can experience the satisfaction of bacon-decorated coffins with bacon-scented air fresheners.
Some say that all these modern death ritual innovations trivialize death and take away from the spirituality of the service. Others say they customize people's feelings while including the spirit of those who have been unfastened from this life. One thing most people agree on is that relatives and friends who die will keep on being mourned and celebrated. This video shows mourners paying respects at a drive-through funeral.
Frances Shani Parker, Author
Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes is available in paperback at many booksellers and in e-book form at Amazon and Barnes and Noble booksellers.