A funeral parlor in the central Japanese city of Ueda will take the initiative to offer the first drive-through funeral service. With the ageing population in Japan, it is estimated that more than a quarter of the country’s 127 million inhabitants will be aged 65 or over. For the elderly and less mobile mourners, they find it hard and time-consuming to attend friends’ funerals.
Now, with this service, they could just pull up to this drive-through window, register their names on a touchscreen tablet, and make a traditional incense offering all inside their cars. The president of this company Masao Ogiwara said, “The new service will allow those who would otherwise stay home go out and bid farewell to their old friends and family.”