Friday, November 1, 2013

Online Streaming: new trend of attneding a funeral

Online Streaming: new trend of attneding a funeral
Mourning through a monitor: Watching funerals streamed online grows in popularity

More and more undertakers are offering webcams at funeral services so friends and relatives can take part in the ceremony without being there in person.

The increasingly far-flung and global nature of modern society has seen demand for video-streamed services soar.

North East Lincolnshire Council has announced plans to allow funerals to be filmed on a webcam and then broadcast securely.

Council bosses say the services will be sensitively filmed from the rear of the chapel so as not to intrude on personal grief.

Councillor Ray Oxby said: 'We have installed this following feedback from local people about what they want from a modern funeral and in particular to cater for family members that live away and would find it difficult to attend.

'I am sure the improvements will... provide the extra choice and facilities for families and friends to make the final tribute a more fitting one.'

The service was pioneered by a Midcounties Co-operative Funeralcare home in Banbury, Oxfordshire, but undertakers throughout the country are now providing the service.

The first person to use the service was Claire Gledhill, who has relatives in Spain and the U.S. who wanted to pay their respects to her mother Jean McStocker.

Claire, from Banbury, said: 'Using the web link my family in the USA and Tenerife were able to join us at the funeral of our mother.

'It was a wonderful way to embrace our mother, be with each other in our time of mourning and rejoice in a wonderful woman’s life.  It was so important to us to share the ceremony, making it a true family experience.'

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