It’s a modern world, and you can do pretty much anything with an internet connection, including having a funeral. Yep, funeral homes are now offering a live-streaming service, so those who can’t actually attend the funeral can still attend the funeral.
In fact, a third of millennials (aged 18-34) say they would use live-streaming to attend a funeral if they were unable to get the time off work, the funeral was too far away to attend, or some other situation that prevented them from attending in person. And, what’s even more surprising, 26% of people aged 55 and up say they would watch a funeral online too. The same goes for only 23% of those who are 35-54.
More than half of the funeral directors in the UK where the survey was held say they actually offer the service. The reason they offer it is because they’ve been asked, by multiple people, to offer the service. But despite the large numbers of people who would watch, more than half of the people surveyed say a live-streamed funeral would be insensitive, or it would even prevent them from grieving in the same way.
Would you watch a live-stream of a loved one’s funeral? Is it something you’d consider using for your own funeral, so family who couldn’t make it could still watch? Kind of a weird thought, but what do you think?