This is what I found on CBSNEWS.COM:
Live-streaming technology has entered the funeral home. Increasing consumer demand, fueled by the ubiquity of popular streaming services like Netflix, is driving the relatively new practice of providing internet-enabled recordings of funerals for those who can’t attend in person.
Families can opt in to the service for less than what they would typically spend on flowers, according to one company that sells its proprietary technology to funeral directors around the world.
“I think it’s the emergence of video-on-demand, like Netflix. It’s becoming more common to expect to go to the internet to watch something and it will be there — especially among younger generations who get annoyed when it isn’t,” said David Lutterman, founder and CEO of One Room, a company that provides streaming services exclusively to funeral homes.
Roughly 20% of funeral homes across the country now offer a streaming service to families, according to Bryant Hightower, president-elect of the National Funeral Director’s Association. It’s a consumer-driven trend: “A lot of people have experienced watching a funeral online and now the market is really beginning to come to us,” Lutterman, of One Room, said.
It suits families with children who might be away at college or living abroad, for example.
“Families tell us they are really touched by it. It feels like they are part of the experience and they are happy to be included because it’s marginalizing when you want to be at a funeral but can’t, so they express gratitude for being able to see it,” Lutterman said.
Other would-be attendees are sometimes prohibited from traveling because of the cost or their deteriorating health.
K.M. Robinson, a social media marketing strategist, used her technology savvy to set up a live stream of her grandmother’s funeral for relatives who couldn’t attend the service.
“She died rather unexpectedly, and relatives across the country with health issues were heartbroken they were going to miss the funeral, so they asked us if we could record it for them,” Robinson said.
Her grandmother’s sisters were among those who tuned into the service remotely. “I set it up through a webinar program and they got to experience it with us,” Robinson said.
Interpersonal connections are increasingly scattered across the country — and world — making it hard to reunite on short notice.
“People don’t grow up and live and die in the same places anymore, so we have connections across the country. It affords folks to participate in that event to help them deal with their grief and their loss when people move and live in different cities,” Hightower said.
Information provided by CBSNEWS.COM.
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