Live streaming has made celebrities of people on the internet, a fact that Twitch built itself on. But live streaming was originally envisioned with the idea of bringing people together, letting them experience life no matter how distant they are from each other.
And it seems like funeral directors in Sydney and across Australia have moved with the times, with funeral live streaming, and a new branch of the funeral services industry; funeral IT. Yeah, that’s right, an IT department for helping you properly send off the duly departed. If it’s not a direct offer from the funeral company, there are companies popping up that can offer live streaming during funerals.
It’s already something people are taking advantage of, as ANC News recently reported on this development in the funeral industry, and the article’s first paragraph covers the usefulness of funeral live streams quite well. It talks about the funeral of one Emily Rotta, an adventurous soul hailing from Milan, who went to Australia with her husband and son.
Emily herself chose the company to handle her funeral services, to ensure that they had a live streaming service so she could involve her family back home, in Milan. This ensured that her distant family, still in their home country, were part of the grief, and also got closure.
This is why it’s such a development. Some people are simply unable to attend the funeral of a loved one, either due to being busy at work, an illness, being halfway across the globe, or simply the sheer suddenness of the person’s passing. This lets people circumvent that issue. The internet has long since talked about how it brings people together from across the world, and this is just a natural extension of that. Why it took so long, however, might be due to the fact that funerals are considered sacredaffairs, rightfully so.
There’s even been some support from experts, with University of Queensland’s Prof.Judity Murray, saying that there are benefits. Of course, she’s also warned that it’s just like anything else with technology; there are risks involved and there might be unintended consequences. It’s a good thing to work towards understanding the technology before we go crazy with it, yes?