North east crematorium streams its services

Funeral directors in the north east have spotted a trend for filming funerals and streaming them live to loved ones.

High demand has led Tynemouth Crematorium to install multimedia equipment allowing family from around the world to see videos and photographs as well as to watch live, according to The Chronicle newspaper.

Gary Staker told the paper: “I must have had more than half a dozen requests to film funerals over the past year. One even Skyped the occasion to relatives abroad.

“I have been in the business for 25 years and funerals have changed so much during that time. It used to be a simple service, with a cremation and then to come out to ‘The Lord is my Shepherd’.

“But things have changed and many people want bespoke coffins, horsedrawn carriages, motorcycle hearses and many are turning to live streaming the service to relatives who can’t attend.”

Daren Persson, of North Shields’ Daren Persson Funeral Services, welcomed the change.

He said: “I think this is a wonderful idea. We are getting more inquiries by the month. Families can embrace the funeral service with family and friends far and wide to experience the moment. We are having to move with the times and move with new technology.”

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