The Surprising Intimacy of the Live-Streamed Funeral
When Candida Rifkind got the call on March 14 that her Aunt Cecilia had died, she realized she couldn’t attend the funeral. The rapid spread of the coronavirus was making international travel more uncertain than ever. Just a day earlier, the United States had blocked most European visitors from entering its borders. Ms. Rifkind, an English professor who lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, didn’t want to risk it. (Canada and the United States closed their borders to each other the next week.)
Tradition is changing, cremation rates are rising
In a move away from tradition, more and more people are choosing cremation. Last year the cremation rate was predicted to have reached 53.5 percent, with a forward prediction that the national cremation rate will reach 80% by 2035.
How To Livestream A Funeral
If you died tomorrow, how many people would feel compelled to travel for your funeral, and how far would they have to come? It’s now fairly commonplace to leave your hometown and move across the country or abroad, at least for a while, and to find your loved ones scattered across thousands of kilometres.
Live Streaming is becoming more Common
The service isn't meant to replace a traditional funeral. Instead it provides the opportunity for those that can't make it in person to attend explains David Lutterman with OneRoom Funeral Streaming.
Video on Demand: Is it just a millennial thing?
Since the mid-20th century, TV has been a staple source of entertainment and news in households around the world – from Saturday night movies for the kids, to dad telling everyone to hush while he catches the weather report.
Now Even Funerals Are Livestreamed—and Families Are Grateful
The call came on January 2. It was early enough in the morning that Natalie Levy probably shouldn’t have been awake—she had recently left a high-stress job at a private-equity firm in San Francisco, and was determined to relax a bit—but her dog had woken her up.