Can’t make it to a memorial service? Not to worry, it’s live-streaming at 7.

What’s new, you may ask, in funeral and burial services?

Even funeral homes must embrace new technology. The Greenwich Village Funeral Home Inc. is one of many homes which will offer live-streaming memorial services. For those mourners unable to attend in person, technology will be in place for up to 3,000 guests to remember and honor the deceased – streaming live on the funeral home’s website.

With families and friends spread out globally, gathering for traditional in-person services is no longer always possible. Streaming the event allows for the participation of those far away. (I get it, but it feels oddly voyeuristic versus in-person  support.)

trends in burial services, technological changes, live-stream funerals, virtual funerals

trends in burial services, technological changes, live-stream funerals, virtual funerals

In the bigger picture, with the population living longer – and cremation becoming more popular – funeral homes have seen profits dip considerably. Many homes have added a host of new tribute services for the deceased, and more support services for the families, in order to stay competitive:

  • Video tributes
  • Slideshows
  • Custom funeral propping (in lieu of flowers, one family placed a saddle on the casket to honor their beloved rider)
  • Digital candle lighting, and
  • Grief support.

If you’ve never experienced recognition of your achievements while alive, fear not, you can have your 15 minutes in death. And for those who read the obits, make way for the next new: a YouTube channel featuring the wakes of the day.

And lastly, create eternal memories of your loved one – read Perpetual life: A virtual memoir.

What do you think about virtual memorial services, is this the way of the future?

One Response to “Can’t make it to a memorial service? Not to worry, it’s live-streaming at 7.”

  1. lg Says:

    Forget having just 15 minutes of fame. In some areas, a scanner code box with images, photos, messages, etc. can be embedded in the headstone so that visitors to the gravesite can use their iPhones to scan the material and see/hear/read from you as you dwell in the hereafter. So much for RIP.

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