Mourners now have the option of never exiting their vehicle in what is said to be Japan’s first drive-thru funeral home.
Japan has unsealed its first-ever drive-thru funeral parlor, designed to cater to the rising elderly population that is no longer mobile enough to pay their respects in-person.
Over the past ten years, Japan has emerged into a “demographic time bomb”— a ferocious cycle of low fertility and low spending that has yielded a population decline of 1,000,000 people and trillions in lost GDP.
Friends are marrying one another out of hopelessness, and prisons are converting into de facto nursing homes as a result of Japan’s rapidly aging population.
The drive-thru funeral idea was incubated by Kankon Sosai Aichi Group at the Aishoden funeral parlor, which is settled in the city of Ueda.
Company President Masao Ogiwara said the step should help add some convenience citizens’ the masses’ lives.
“I’ve been in this business for a while and have seen how burdensome attending funerals can be for old folks in wheelchairs,” Ogiwara said. “The new service will allow those who would otherwise stay home go out and bid farewell to friends and family.”
Grievers are greeted at a special reception counter in a devoted lane where they can park, register their names on a touchscreen tablet or in a guest book, and hand over condolence currency in an envelope to an attendant, as is conventional.
The stop-by too permits drivers and passengers to offer prayers, pinches of incense on an E-burner and glimpse at a photograph of the dearly departed on the altar through a large window.
A flashing light inside the parlor notifies the sorrowing family members of the drive-thru visitors, and they can observe them offering final arrivedercis on special monitors.
Japan is not the first country however to provide drive-thru funerals.
In 2014, a funeral home in Michigan tested out the notion, also for lamenters with disabilities.
When drivers pulled up to the window, sensors below the pavement would sense the weight of the car and a curtain set would open, exposing an open casket. Drivers had 3 minutes of honoring as music played.
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