The online funeral
Say goodbye, the modern way
Consumer technology is usually associated with living people. However, one intrepid UK crematorium now allows people to say goodbye to their beloved through a webcam and the internet.
From today, Southampton Crematorium will offer a pay-per-view service that gives mourners online access to a broadcast of someone’s last moments. The service is designed to give anyone who can’t pay their respects in person the opportunity to take part through the internet.
A webcam has been “discreetly” positioned at the back of the crematorium’s eastern chapel. The camera captures the events and relays them over the web – albeit with a 20 second delay.
If you really want to remember the moment, then the crematorium will record the funeral onto DVD for £50. If you’re a bit strapped for cash though, then a £25 sound recording of the event should give you a general idea of what went on.
The service has already been tested by a man based in Australia. After the death of his wife, John Childs was forced to return to Australia because of work commitments, but he told one online source that he had “nothing but praise” for the service.
Southampton Crematorium’s web-based funeral service launches today and costs £75 (€100/$175).
But did he...
... watch the funeral from his PC at work?
Time difference and all...?
Beginning to hate technology and/or mankind
Is it just me, or are people getting dumber and dumber? Damn, this is stupid! Webcam for a funeral? Geez!
And supposedly, by law, any employers MUST give a few days off (dunno how many) to any employee whose close relative dies. At least, here in Portugal.
I'm not catholic, or anything. don't like funerals. But damn, i respect the notion of a funeral. It's a get-together of people who will miss the deceased, and want to pay a final respect, say goodbye. This is freaking stupid.
Like was suggested above, someday, we'll have webcams to watch our beloved ones go up in flames....
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