Webcasting/Livestreaming of Services
While it may not be traditional in this country for funeral services to be recorded or broadcast, the Covid-19 pandemic has forced social changes. These have restricted who is able to attend funerals in person, whether it be through ill health, self-isolation, or travel restrictions. Additionally, the numbers safely allowed into a venue have necessarily become limited to enable social distancing. These measures will continue for a significant amount of time. Even as religious venues re-open, it is likely that only services with very small numbers of attendees will be held.
Not attending a funeral interrupts our usual grieving process, which is why we have looked into different ways of involving a wider group into services. Some will choose to wait and have Memorial or Celebration of Life services further down the line. For those that want to postpone, we are here to support with the arrangements when we are able to do so. But, at this time we don't know when that will be.
With the vast majority of people having access to the internet, the easiest way to involve them is to use a funeral livestream or webcast for the service. If wished, words can be sent from those who can't attend to be contributed into the service. Some virtual attendees even use the chat service within a webcast to share their thoughts and memories with the family and others watching. This can then be tied to giving donations through our Online Obituaries and Donations page.
In deciding to move forward with this kind of technology, we felt it was important that a number of aims be met. We wanted to offer funeral livestreams that are private, so only those the family want to see it can do so. The webcast needs to be good quality, so those watching can clearly see and hear the service and that any equipment be discreet, so as not to disturb the service or those able to attend in person. Finally, we wanted to offer a cost effective livestream service.
There are different systems that can achieve a broadcast or sorts, but most are just not designed for what is needed to achieve all the aims above. Some Crematoria have their own systems for doing this, but recently it has been shown that some of these are either of low quality, or the systems have failed under unprecedented demand.
What we offer achieves all the aims we set out, at a nominal cost of £80. The price is only applicable where we have arranged the funeral. Our webcast service can be used both indoor and outdoor venues. Please see the example videos below:
This is a sample of the crematorium video.
These are samples of our live broadcast, an additional recorded copy can be provided to the family at no additional cost.