When we think of the words “funeral parlour”, we don’t necessarily think “technology”. But that’s not the case in Northern Ireland, where S Clarke and Son Funeral Directors have taken the bold step of offering final send-offs live on the net.
So why would anyone be tempted to share their final moments in this way? It’s all about logistics – if you can’t make it to the funeral, you can have the funeral brought to you through your PC, no matter where you are in the world.
According to Jim Clarke, who runs the business: “Life moves fast – we’re just trying to adapt to the changing needs of our world. There are families living abroad who can’t afford to fly to funerals, or people who are too sick to go, or busy people who can’t get the time off work. Our internet option means they get to become part of a grieving process they might have missed out on.”
But don’t worry, it’s not a free-for-all for the morbid – to maintain privacy, only family and friends issued with a password can view the service or download it for posterity. The internet service is offered as a free, optional extra.
Via The BBC