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OUR FUNERAL LIVE STREAMING SERVICE

Today England’s third national lockdown becomes law. As with previous lockdowns the rules on funerals are largely the same –

Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people. Linked religious, belief-based or commemorative events, such as stone settings and ash scatterings can also continue with up to six people in attendance. Anyone working is not counted in these limits. Social distancing should be maintained between people who do not live together or share a support bubble.

The limitations on numbers means live streaming the funeral has become a welcome addition to the service to ensure more family and friends unable to attend in person, have the opportunity to watch the funeral via a private video channel in real time. This allows the audience to watch the funeral as it actually happens. Whilst we’ve talked about this previously we wanted to breakdown exactly how our live streaming service works for you.

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Step 1

When you first contact us we’ll send you an email with the services we provide, this could be a single camera setup (the most popular choice) to multi camera depending on what you want to cover at the funeral service and provide to family and friends watching from home. We’ll explain how both services work so you can decide what is best for you and your family. All our services include a private, password protected, web page which we’ll give you the link for to share with whomever you want to invite to the service. We’ll look to get additional details from you for this page which we’ll do in a follow up email once you’ve decided on the service you require. We’ll also contact the funeral location to check what broadband speed they have available so we know what we can use there and what additional equipment we’ll need to ensure we can go live for you.

Step 2

You’ve chosen and booked which funeral live streaming service you’d like to move forward with. We’ll send you a follow up email with a series of questions to answer so we can design and build your custom web page where the live stream will go. We will provide the link and password to this page ahead of time so you can share it with family and friends unable to attend in person. The details of when the funeral service will be taking place will be listed on the web page.

Step 3

Before the date of the funeral service we would have spoken to the funeral location, church, crematorium or other and made sure we know what time we can be on site, when we can setup and all our checks to make sure things run smoothly our end. On the day of the service we’ll arrive and setup all our equipment, usually at the back or on a balcony (this is usually decided by the location manager). We’ll run an initial test stream, check everything is okay and then wait for the service to begin. We go live on the webpage 10-15 minutes before the actual service starts. We’ll then continue the live stream until the end and stop it 10 minutes after the service has finished. You will not need to worry about any part of the filming or stream, leave that to us.

Step 4

Any friends or family unable to watch the funeral live will be able to view the private webpage for 6 weeks after the date of the funeral service. We’ll also make the final recording downloadable for you and your family if required.

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Some additional information – 

What about privacy, can anyone see the live stream?

Privacy is clearly a matter of concern for families but the use of a private channel with password protection gives everyone the satisfaction of knowing the service can only be seen by those the family want to have access.

Given that funerals cannot be deferred this service means that families and friends have the chance to join the funeral service and feel part of the overall occasion, in real time.

Is this technology new? Does it work for funerals?

This technology has been around for some time. West Coast Films Director, Rob Cox previously worked in live television for a number of years and worked for production companies specialising in live streaming before setting up West Coast Films to provide these services.

Whilst we’ve largely provided our funeral live streaming services in Bristol and North Somerset we operate this service throughout the south west and can provide it in other parts of the UK subject to requirements.

Live Streaming allows family and friends to watch the funeral service as it actually happens, in real time. This means that more than the limit of 30 persons can be exceeded and a much larger audience can see, and feel part of, the funeral.

This opportunity to be part of the funeral service has proved to be successful and the privacy that can be offered maintains the dignity of the event.

Please contact a member of our team if you would like to know more about how live streaming works.

Areas covered include –

Bristol funeral live streaming, North Somerset funeral live streaming, Somerset funeral live streaming, Gloucestershire funeral live streaming, Devon funeral live streaming, bath funeral live streaming, Cornwall funeral live streaming, Dorset funeral live streaming.

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