I know from personal experience how the mercy dash to a funeral can be demanding. There are many people with family commitments who simply cannot afford the financial and time costs that are required to travel across countries and continents to a funeral for a loved one.
So, being part of a live on-line funeral service would mean that you would be part of the occasion in real time. Many bereaved families have recorded and sent DVDs of the proceedings in the past, but having the opportunity of being there live on-line must be welcomed.
Only a week ago I sang at a funeral which was being recorded for such a purpose. As the time of the funeral was 3.15pm, it would have been possible to have those relatives in the USA on-line as part of the service. They then would have been able to communicate with the family later that day, and discuss the whole event, rather then wait for the DVD to arrive by post.
Of course there is the issue of PRS requirements (Performing Rights Society) when recording and broadcasting music: as the service is on-line it would be considered as being broadcast. Most services do have some music of one kind or another involved, but I am sure that the PRS would not make an issue of this in such a delicate and trying situation. I suppose as the on-line process becomes more popular, we can only wait and see.
To see the article on the BBC click here