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January 20, 2022

Would you view a funeral via Webcast?

It seems every technological advance we see brings the following debate: is this cool, or just wildly depressing?

Texting, for example, is a pretty neat advent, but it means our faces have to be plastered to our phones half the day. Or there is Facebook, which keeps us connected but is often nothing more than a portal for half-nude photos and misguided “Leno is a crook!!!!!” status updates.

Sometimes, though, there are new tech initiatives that are tied to the economy. They arrive out of necessity, for better or worse.

And here’s one that’s sure to spark some contention amongst the people.

The Consumerist reports there are methods in place now for grieving families to view the funeral of a loved one via Webcast.

Funeralresource.com offers the service, billing it as means for “geographically scattered modern families (with) recession-era meager travel budgets” to pay their last respects, according to the Consumerist.

“Let’s face it, today the economy is tough,” notes Chris Hill, FuneralResouces.com founder, on the company's website.

The only requirement to view a funeral service is an Internet connection. While there isn’t a price listed on the site (you’re to contact them for a consultation), it claims the process can be completed at a “low cost,” for whatever that’s worth.

So, let’s revisit the original question: is this a modern convenience, or downright creepy?

You can see immediately how, well, weird all this is. On the other hand, there must be some appeal to families unable to pull the finances together to attend a distant funeral.

Or, if you’re close but not that  close with the deceased, this is an option you might prefer.

Would anyone consider viewing the funeral of a loved one via Webcast? 

By Jason Buckland, MSN Money



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Gordon PowersGordon Powers

A long-time fund company executive, Gordon Powers now heads up the Affinity Group, a financial services consulting firm. Gordon was a personal finance columnist for the Globe & Mail for many years, has taught retirement planning...

Jason BucklandJason Buckland

The modern-day MC Hammer of money, Jason can often be seen spending cash that isn’t his with the efficiency of a Wilt Chamberlain first date. After cutting his teeth as a reporter for the Toronto Sun, he joined the MSN Money team with...