However, in today’s fast paced world things are changing. We, thanks to social media, have lost touch with many of the basic building blocks of a civilized society; the major one being, the human touch. Obituaries are posted on the internet, and you can sign the virtual guest book. Too busy? Send a text, email, or sign the previously mentioned guest book.
It is unfortunate that work demands are such, that working less than 50 hours a week can get you frowned upon by your district, or regional, “management team.” If you are part of the great unwashed, chances are, you’re working two or three part-time jobs, just to make ends meet. No one has the time to spend with their living friends and family, let alone the ones that have passed on to a final resting place.
I can imagine a time when a body will be laid out in a drive-thru window, and mourners can drive by, sign a guestbook, and go about their day. I can see Starbucks opening up a chain of Starbucks View with a Brew, where the bereaved will be handed a latte, coffee, or frappuccino as they drive by and pay their last respects. Would McDonald’s, Wendy’s or any other fast food joint, pass on this opportunity? I think not.
Eventually, viewings could just end up on snapchat. One picture out, one response back.
What could be easier, and more convenient, than a “one and done viewing,” with absolutely no human contact?