Irish funerals 'go live' on the internet
An Irish company is planning to broadcast funerals live on the internet as part of a new business venture.
They are offering to film memorial church services and burials for the benefit of mourners who are unable to attend the ceremony in person.
Their target clients are Irish emigrants who are unable to travel home for family funerals and elderly people confined to hospitals or homes.
The clients will be charged a fee to view the funeral proceedings online.
The man behind the venture, County Clare businessman Alan Foudy, claimed it was the "only service of its kind being offered anywhere in Ireland or the UK".
"Wherever in the world our client may be, whether it is in Australia or the United States, this service provides them with private weblink to a live stream of a funeral service or the option of a video recording of the entire service, including the burial, within two hours of its conclusion," he said.
Mr Foudy said he hoped Funerals Live would create up 10 new jobs over the next 18 months.
The businessman came up with the idea when he was asked to make a DVD of a memorial service for mourners who could not attend their loved one's funeral.
"The general feeling was that a live webcast or a delayed broadcast of the service would be a better option rather than having to wait up to two weeks for a DVD to arrive by post," he said.
He now provides live footage and audio feeds of funeral and graveyard services, after securing permission from the family of the deceased and their parish priest.
Mr Foudy said the live stream service was "password protected so as to ensure only people who you want to see it will see it".