Drive through mortuary lets one view their dead through display window

April 18th, 2011 - 6:11 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Apr 18 (ANI): A mortuary in the US has come up with a facility to allow mourners to view their dead relatives through a drive-thru display window.

Robert L. Adams Mortuary in Compton, California, let family members place their relative in an open casket behind a drive-thru display window so older people won’t have to leave their cars.

The owner said it means those afraid of funeral parlours will not have to go inside.

The funeral parlour has existed since 1974 and greets visitors with a huge red-lettered sign above the entrance, with gold chandeliers in the reception lounge.

The covered and paved 12ft wide drive-thru is near the main double doors and its long glass bulletproof display window is visible from the street.

Only a few other drive-thru funeral parlours are known to operate in America, with one in Chicago and another in Louisiana.

“It’s a unique feature that sets us aside from other funeral parlours,” the Daily Mail quoted Robert L. Adams owner Peggy Scott Adams as saying.

She married former Compton politician Robert Lee Adams Sr. in 1988 and when he died in 2005 she continued his legacy.

“You can come by after work, you don’t need to deal with parking, you can sign the book outside and the family knows that you paid your respects,” she explained.

The venue became popular for gang funerals after cemetery shootouts in the 1980s made members reluctant to gather for funerals, Adams said.

Funerals at the mortuary range from 1,295 dollars upwards. (ANI)

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