Chatham funeral home now serving alcohol
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McKinlay Funeral Home in Chatham is trying to raise spirits by serving spirits, and other alcoholic beverages.
It is one of eight funeral homes in Ontario to have acquired a liquor licence.
Funeral Director Nathan McKinlay says they made the decision because they were getting more requests from families who wanted to remember their loved ones in a different way.
“Over the years, we've had numerous requests for people to have a beer because Dad's favourite beer was blue and they wanted to have a blue” says McKinlay. “Now we have that option.”
“We're finding that a lot of the people don't want their parent's funeral. They want something a little more personal for themselves” notes McKinlay.
McKinlay says they will also offer spirits, wine and food.
“We had a service here for a gentleman who was a scotch man and so everyone had a toast of scotch” says McKinlay. “We had ginger ale for the kids and anyone who didn't want to drink."