Chislehurst cemetery offers 4G streaming service to grieving relatives around the world
PUBLISHED: 10:40 15 April 2014
A cemetery has become the first in the country to offer a live 4G video feed of funeral services directly from the grave-side.
Grieving families can now request the high-tech service at Kemnal Park Cemetery and Memorial Gardens, in Chislehurst.
A cameraman records the proceedings, which are streamed live over the high-speed 4G network used by new smartphones.
Some cemeteries and crematoria already offer live streaming from within the chapel using fixed cameras and a wired broadband connection.
But bosses at Kemnal Park say this is the first time families have been able to request a wireless, graveside recording with a roaming camera.
Funeral director Michael Killick, from J and R Killick, in West Wickham, who conducted the first streamed service, said: “Just about everywhere now has access to the Internet, so we see this ‘virtual service’ as an excellent extra option to be able to offer a family.”
Kemnal Park covers an area of 55 acres, has 30,000 grave spaces, and a chapel that houses up to 500 mourners.
It is used primarily by London residents and is expected to host around 800 services this year.
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