- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 14, 2015

An increasing number of families have turned to live-streaming the funerals for their loved ones so that mourners who are unable to attend the ceremony can still view it online.

“People used to be uncomfortable about the whole idea,” Curtis Funk, who heads FuneralRecording.com told the New York Daily News. “But at this point, our [marketing] is minimal. The funeral homes keep coming to us.”

Mr. Funk got the idea back in 2003 when he was handed a cassette recording after attending a relative’s final rites. He said it’s particularly helpful for Jewish families, since religious law requires them to bury their dead within 24 hours and many mourners aren’t able to arrive in time, the Daily News reported.

FuneralRecording.com streams about 100 funerals a day, up from only three or four a few years ago, the Daily News reported. Funeral streaming companies charge funeral homes between $149 to $300 a month for their equipment. FuneralRecording.com says 2,500 funeral homes have signed up.

One Room, a New Zealand-based company that started providing the service in 2012, now claims to stream over 1,000 funerals at home and in the U.S.

“The streaming just increases the number of people who connect,” One Room’s David Lutterman told the Daily News. “We’ve done ceremonies where 400 people connect online and the chapel was still full. There’s no substitute for the real thing.”

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