Live link to a funeral - how does it work?

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Live link to a funeral - how does it work?

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I have just heard that the funeral for my best friend in UK in a couple of weeks will have a live link. They said they will let me have the details in due course.
I have no idea how this works and don't want to hassle them for info at this stage so am trying to find out a bit of info myself in advance.

First, does anyone know how this works, please? Also, to add to the difficulty, my OH has a RV with the cancer specialist at the same time 2 hours away, which we cannot miss, so my next query is whether the link is like a link on the Internet which stays there so that we could go into it when we get back.
I really didn't want to miss the funeral, but we cannot postpone the RV.

This is all new to me and I'm not up with the latest techie things.

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Post by Veem »

Sadly, I watched a live link to a funeral in the UK back in April. I seem to remember that I was sent a link (by a relative) to the funeral director/crematorium chapel with a password to gain access to the particular funeral not long before the funeral began. I was able to establish the link before the planned start time on the day to test it was working. It definitely was available to watch later, but I think only for a limited time. I think I had the option to download the video.

If your friends have told you they will tell you how to get the live link in time, then that's all you can do, I think. It wasn't a difficult procedure even for a fellow non-techie person.

I'm sorry you have lost your best friend and cannot be there to say goodbye. But I found the live coverage far better than missing the service completely.

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Post by elsie »

I "attended" one in England this year. I was sent a password-protected link about a week beforehand, together with the date and time; it was organised by Obitus.com. The link opened a web browser and became live about 5-10 minutes before the start of the service. A recording of the service was available online about a week later and available for a month. I believe it was also possible to order a DVD.

A friend in Greece had a video made of a ceremony and it was made available on YouTube using a password-protected link.

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Post by Le Démerdeur »

I bet that system crashes when the first "celeb" or "influencer" pops their clogs.

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Thanks so much Veem and Elsie. That's exactly what I needed to know. Once I get the link, I will check it and establish that it will be available afterwards.
I just didn't want to bother her daughter at the moment as she is under a lot of stress.

I don't do well at funerals - even people I don't know very well - so I think it will be preferable to be able to view it in private. I will still feel that I am paying my respects to a friend of 45 years.

Thanks again.

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My condolences Leclarion.

This, to my mind, is one of the most positive things to have come from this dreadful time.

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Post by Loup-garou »

We had to watch the service for my BiL in April - and it is as the others say. Our problem was that the internet here is so slow we missed chunks of it and people would change places as it buffered. We didn't get offered an belated chance to watch but they sent us text copies of the eulogies afterwards. That was some comfort.

Sorry for the loss of your best friend and best wishes for the day.

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Thanks, guys. Learning curve for me - it will be interesting to see how the technology works. I wonder if this will carry on in the future,to some extent, because it allows people from different corners of the world to be 'present'.

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Post by lindal1000 »

One of my friends has just lost his mother. He is in NZ and she died in Newcastle. He has no brothers and sisters and he is absolutely gutted that he can't get over to support his father. They will be following on video link and they are hoping to do something at the same time in NZ, although time differences may make it difficult. Hope it goes okay Leclarion.

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Post by Catrose »

We zoom call with friends in UK and NZ..9.30pm here, 8.30pm in UK and 8.30am in NZ. So could share a wake?

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