Pay-per-view?

January 11, 2007

A trend in funeral services is to include a webcast of the services:

· Family and friends, who could not otherwise attend the funeral, are able to view the service over the Internet through a webcam hookup. Usually, viewers must first key in a pass code before they can watch the service.

· Supporters point out that mourners watching a webcast of a service is similar to people watching a televised funeral of a famous person. It’s a way for people who can’t come in person to pay respect to the family and grieve.

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3 Responses to “Pay-per-view?”

  1. Anonymous said

    This is a horrible idea. It is disprespectful of the dead and falls into the same category of newspapers showing photos of dead bodies. Ick, ick, ick.

  2. Sorka said

    How does something like this pay respect to the deceased and the family? I don’t think its an entirely horrible idea…I can see where it might be a thoughtful thing for someone who is in an impossible situation to come to the funeral.
    What would make me leery are those who would slack off and use the video rather than coming in person to the funeral.

  3. gabdandie said

    We had a Puerto Rican family do this. I believe the deceased was the son and mom wasn’t able to travel from Puerto Rico.

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