East Devon Crematorium offers webcast funerals

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East Devon Crematorium
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The crematorium furnace can accommodate wider coffins because of rising obesity levels

Funerals can be broadcast on the internet at a new Devon crematorium.

Facilities at the £4m East Devon Crematorium at Whimple include live webcasts of services, so friends and family across the world can take part.

The privately-funded non-denominational development will cater for all faiths as well as non-religious services.

Crematorium director Chris Johns said that people would be able to watch a funeral by entering a code into a website.

He said having the technology to provide webcasts meant that people who lived far away or were unwell could be a part of the service.

He said: "We know there's a need in the locality and we've incorporated the most modern facilities.

"By entering a code, they can view a funeral which otherwise they have missed.

"We're extremely pleased with the building."

The crematorium will cover an area from Exmouth in Devon to Bridport in Dorset.

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