Maidstone’s Vinters Park Crematorium has joined tradition with technology to offer family and friends - who are unable to attend a funeral in person, the opportunity to be part of the service and pay their respects remotely via a webcast.
The Maidstone Borough Council (MBC) run Crematorium is able to facilitate a live broadcast of the service which is transmitted securely over the internet allowing invited guests to view the service from anywhere in the world.
Sharon Smith, MBCs Bereavement Services Manager said:
“For a growing number of reasons, live webcasting is a service that more and more are choosing. With an aging population, elderly family members homebound or restricted to nursing facilities, those who are simply not able to travel due to economic conditions or perhaps family who live abroad, offering webcasting is a way to include everyone regardless of their geographic location.”
Additionally relatives are able to select photographs and music to produce a visual life tribute adds an extremely personal touch to the funeral. A combination of family photos, images and video of loved ones can be added to the chosen music from Wesley Media library to play on screens both in the service hall and vestibule area.
The start-of-the-art system provides video and audio playback, recording and live webcasting facilities to cover up to 60 services a week at Vinters Park Crematorium.
Ms Smith added:
“Many people ask for personal choices when arranging a loved ones funeral. As funerals become more personal and unique, families are opting for intimate favorite songs, often choosing light-hearted or humorous music to reflect a loved one’s personality.”
Using a music library, which covers all music styles and genres, the family can select tunes through the Wesley Media System (which the Crematorium uses), for an appropriate track or arrange recordings of personal performances or very old recordings.