Today, technology allows us to do things that not long ago seemed impossible. Such technology is called funeral webcasting, the most innovative service available for those who want to organize or attend a funeral online. A funeral webcast is a service that allows the friends and family of a deceased person to attend a funeral or memorial service from any place in the world, through the internet.
Here are a few different reasons for which you may want to use this technology and attend a funeral remotly:
- You are living in a nursing home
- You job is not letting you take time off
- You are overseas
It should be noted, that such a feature can be expensive, so if you made your own funeral arrangements and are interested to have this as part of your ceremony, I highly recommend you update you funeral insurance* to cover this new additional so as to not run into issues later on.
My Experience with a Funeral Webcast
I had a friend living overseas who lost his brother and he wanted me to attend the funeral. But, because of financial issues and work related problems, I couldn’t travel overseas to attend the funeral and the memorial service. Luckily, my friend decided to use the services of a funeral webcasting company since many of us, his friends and a few relatives, were still overseas.
Even if some individuals may find this way of attending a funeral as superficial and lacks a certain personal touch, sometimes it can be the only solution available. It is clearly a better option to attend a service remotely than not to attend at all.
I used my MacBook Air to stream the event, while another friend of mine who couldn’t make service as well used his HP Chromebook. During the broadcast, my friend called me and said that the streaming was choppy on his laptop and he had no sound. He wanted to know if this was my experience as well.
This was far from my experience, as I had a MacBook Air, which allowed me to see the streaming at a very good resolution and with sound with no problems what so ever. It is obvious that he had a computer with lower specifications, which didn’t allow him to stream the funeral in the proper way.
Normally, the requirements stated by the company that makes the broadcasting only involve having a connection to the internet. But, my experience can be proof that you need a good computer or laptop in order to view a funeral properly.
Funeral Homes are adapting more and more to fulfill the requirements for streaming and they are going high tech. Crematories are equipped with the touch screen controls and head stones can have bar codes that can be deciphered using smartphones taking you a an online memorial page of the deceased.
Even if video cameras are mostly used for festive occasions or weddings, they are becoming more common place at funerals as well, especially when the deceased person is a public figure. A webcast usually costs a few hundred dollars, but some funeral homes are providing this service for a fee or part of a package depending which funeral home you use.
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