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Written by Matt Frazer

 

Funeral webcasting is becoming increasingly popular in both small towns and big cities and around the world. Thanks to new funeral software, it’s now possible to attend a funeral from anywhere in the world.

 

From the moment they receive that fateful call that a relative or friend has passed away, life gets turned upside down for a family. Nothing but questions come to mind and all efforts focus on arrangements that need to be made. Out of town relatives and friends feel they need to drop what they’re doing and find a way to attend the funeral and to be there for the family. Unfortunately, that’s not always possible. Sometimes illness, financial constraints, family or work responsibilities, or military deployment prevent the bereaved from attending a funeral.

 

In my case, I received a call from my college friend letting me know that her mother had passed away. I was leaving for a business trip to Colorado the next morning for a meeting that was months in the making. There was no way I could miss it. Yet, at the same time, I was heartbroken for my friend and her family. I wanted to be there for her and at the funeral in New York. But it just wasn’t possible. My meeting was in Denver on Tuesday morning, her mother’s funeral was in Long Island, New York that same afternoon. I went to my meeting. My friend went to her mother’s funeral. I sent flowers and a card. I felt awful. Now, visiting my friend, even years later, when her mom is mentioned, I still feel a twang of guilt that I wasn’t at her funeral.

 

Today, the internet is bringing people closer together and connecting friends, relatives, and business associates in ways some never thought possible. Because of the push for new technology, software, and other online applications, even the way people attend a funeral is now changing too. One particular type of funeral software even makes it possible to practically be in two places at once.

 

If a friend or relative can’t attend a funeral in person, for whatever reason, this great technology called funeral webcasting can allow the person to attend the service anyway. With funeral webcasting, no matter where in the world you are, you can attend a funeral service from the comfort of your own home via the internet. Mourners will be given the website address, a user id, and a password. Once they log on, they’ll have the ability to view the funeral webcast live, streamed over the internet. But, that’s not all. Should they not be available at the time of the actual funeral, they can still view the funeral webcast later.

 

Any funeral home can provide funeral webcasting. All they need is a simple set up with a video camera, a computer and funeral webcasting software. In minutes they’ll be able to provide a service that, trust me, will be remembered for years to come. No longer will families miss their loved one’s funerals because of the high cost of travel, poor health, or other personal or work constraints.

 

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