Rising demand has lead to the newest service in funerals; live-streaming. You can now go to a funeral director in Sydney or some other major city and ask that they stream the funeral service online for anyone who can’t make it.
As you might expect from one of the latest developments, this has caused a bit of a divide. Some people are saying that it’s not really respectful, claiming they’d rather not watch at all than tune into an online broadcast. Not surprisingly, it’s the younger generations that’s more open to whole idea.
One of the main arguments against it is that it might be used by lazy mourners to not go to a funeral they would rather not attend. There’s even some funeral directors that are against it, saying that, as important it is to see the service, it’s more important to share condolences with family and friends. Some people have even gone so far as to call it ‘morbid’ and ‘insensitive’.
Despite that, you can likely get streaming services from a funeral director in Sydney or someplace else, with the funeral homes’ websites designed to accommodate the new feature. Funeral homes that offer this service basically took a page from the standard streaming sites, like Twitch, but with the necessary appropriations due to the nature of their field.
Instead of open access, funeral homes give out notifications with the necessary access credentials to the people who they want to watch the stream; family and friends of the duly departed. Naturally, funeral streams are subject to the same limitations as any other stream; network quality, number of connected devices, etc. Some providers opt for ensuring as many of the relatives get to see, instead of pushing for quality in their streams, which is good.
This new technology looks like it’ll be more and more common as time goes by, so funeral homes are adapting to the trend. This technology is quite useful, there’s no denying that, but it’s probably wise to remember that it still can’t make up for the human element when it comes to funerals; matters of the heart, not the mind.
Ultimately, it’s a safe bet that this is better suited for people who really can’t attend; because of medical reasons, or if they’re in another country altogether. Who knows where this’ll go?