IP Video Application: FuneralsAuthor: John Honovich, Published on Jan 24, 2011
Streaming funerals is an interesting and controversial application of the growing IP video market. In this note, we examine its use, potential benefits and criticisms.
Many funerals are adding this ability, either directly and independently from a funeral home (see examples in Illinois and Virgina) as well as through dedicated funeral streaming services (e.g., the 'Funeral Streaming Network', FuneralOne and 'FuneralRecording.com'). Here's an example of a recorded funeral available 'on demand'.
A January 2011 survey article in the NY Times provides a good overview of the approach:
- The service is targeted towards people who cannot make it but who want to see / experience / virtually 'attend'
- Some funeral homes charge a few hundred dollars, others offer it as a value added service at no additional cost
- Viewers receive a URL, some require passwords, some are publicly available
The image below shows a funeral service being filmed and streamed:
In the NY Times comments section, the article triggered a passionate debate with a clearly majority of respondents finding this service problematic, distasteful or disrespectful.
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