Thanks to new technology, a site called FuneralRecording.com is live streaming up to 100 funerals each day, so folks who can't attend physically can still be there virtually.
Curtis Funk, the company's founder, says that at first it took a while for people to get used to the idea of live streaming such a somber event, but it has indeed caught on. Funk was still a college senior when he started his company. He says he got the idea while listening to a recording of his grandfather's funeral.
Stuart Porteous is a customer of FuneralRecording. Porteous' father died in New Zealand, leaving many friends and family members behind back in the states.
“To provide the ability for people to attend the funeral, even remotely, was very special,” Porteous says. “In this day and age, it’s a powerful tool."
To view the funerals, mourners get passwords to view their live events, and they can also watch the service later "on-demand."
Funk claims about 2,500 funeral homes have signed up to use the streaming option, and that number is bound to go up.
“If the funeral decision maker is below 50 (years old), they’ll ask about it,” says Monica Klementowicz Tillot of Riverside Chapel. “If they’re older, they’ll shake their heads. But this will grow."
Funk usually charges funeral homes between $150 and $300 per month to rent their streaming equipment. He also claims that more than 25,000 people have watched funeral streams in more than 68 countries.
The company says over 25,000 people have watched funeral streams in over 68 countries.
The streaming just increases the number of people who connect,” insists David Lutterman of One Room. “We’ve done ceremonies where 400 people connect online and the chapel was still full. There’s no substitute for the real thing.”