SAGINAW (WWJ/AP) – A Saginaw funeral home is offering an unusual new convenience for mourners – a drive-through viewing window.

Paradise Funeral Chapel has installed a window that displays a body inside the building. Curtains over the window automatically open when a car pulls up, and mourners get three minutes to view a body as music plays overhead.

The funeral home director says many people are afraid of funeral homes. He says his drive-through allows people who might not otherwise visit the funeral home to honor the deceased.

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-through service.

 

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