It is not a new concept but now Ryan Bernard of Memphis is joining the drive-thru visitation service trend.
When Bernard bought an old bank building in Memphis to use for a funeral home, he found a unique use for the drive-thru window. Guests can view the deceased’s body through a bullet-proof window. If they don’t want to fuss with parking and getting out of the car or are afraid of funeral homes, guests can just drive up and pay their respects. They can sign an iPad guest book and spend approximately 3 minutes alone with the body.
The drive-thru concept is a free add-on offered to people when they are planning a funeral.
According to Bernard, he’s gotten a mostly positive reaction although some people have said they find it disrespectful.
His facility, R. Bernard Funeral Services, has already added live streaming of funerals and will continue to add innovative concepts. He said, “The funeral industry is always changing every year. I keep the old traditional funeral stuff and try to add new stuff to it,” Bernard said. “I am 41 years old. I am not out just to market to the grandmas and grandpas, I am trying to get the millennials and the Baby Boomers too.”
Whether you want to add non-traditional elements to a funeral or just plan an “old fashioned” one, for more information go to www.diesmart.com.
If a deceased loved one was a music lover and you’d like to treat that person to an eternity of music (and we don’t mean from heavenly harps), now you supposedly can.
A company in Sweden, Pause, just released a new product called the CataCoffin and its CataCombo Sound System. It’s a $30,000 coffin that delivers “godlike comfort and heavenly sound”. The luxurious coffin includes “a revolutionary customized sound system for audiophiles on the other side”. You can customize playlists and let the music play for as long as you want.
How do you do this? A special tombstone above ground displays the playlists that can be customized by the deceased’s loved ones.
The commercial promoting the CataCoffin is a little eerie but you can judge for yourself. It will give you a good idea about the quality of the coffin and how the sound system works.
Pause company CEO, Fredrik Hjelmquist, owns the first manufactured model and says customers should feel free to add track to his playlist “Pause-4-ever”. If you’re in Stockholm, he invites you to head down to the Pause store at Norrlandsgatan 14 to see it for yourself.
Is this a real product? Supposedly it is.
For more information about coffins and other topics related to planning a funeral, go to www.diesmart.com.
Costco has been selling caskets over the internet for the last five years. But, because of regulations that make a sale in that state unattractive, they are not selling them in Georgia.
As soon as Walmart recently announced that they are also going to be selling caskets online, they received a letter from the Georgia Secretary of State’s office. That letter told them that they are required to register with the state if they want to sell funeral merchandise and, until that process has been completed, they cannot sell caskets in Georgia.
So if you live in Georgia and want to buy a casket, at least for now you’ll have to do it the old fashioned way – buy it from a casket store or a funeral parlor. You won’t be able to buy it from Costco or Walmart online.
Just when family and friends are dealing with the emotional grief associated with a death, a family member or friend will have to assume the responsibility for making tough decisions regarding the disposition of the body and planning funeral or memorial services. The decisions are especially difficult if the death occurred unexpectedly or the subject of how to dispose of the body and where to bury the remains was never discussed with the decedent and/or the family prior to death.
However, this stress can be reduced if your funeral is planned in advance and your wishes are put into writing and communicated to family and or friends. That way, they will know what you want and will be able to carry out your plans rather that trying to figure out what you might have decided.
Whether you are planning a funeral in advance or the funeral is being planned after your death, you probably have a general idea about the kind of funeral to have. This idea is probably influenced by religious and cultural practices, family traditions and cost. But like many others, all the things that would once have been included in a traditional funeral may no longer be wanted; preference might be to have a celebration of life rather than a mourning of death. Perhaps the choice might be for a ceremony that is personalized and unique to the person being honored. There might be an unlimited budget for the funeral or most of the assets may be left to family, friends or charities leaving very little to spend on someone’s last big event.
Regardless of the ideas you have, there are several things that should be considered. The links below will help you to think through these things and will help you to make the necessary decisions.