Digital innovations greatly affect this modern world. Starting from what people eat, wear, use and even live, technology changed all these. As long as an individual exists, he or she is constantly influenced by all these changes. Even if he’s gone, advancements in technology will still continue to happen and he will be sent back to where he came from – ashes. Upon leaving the world of the living, can he still feel the last attempt of technology to modify his final resting place?
Over the last decade, funeral industries slowly embraced the digital revolution. When US Funerals Online was first launched, only few funeral homes have a website than those who didn’t.
Back then, these industries are still settling for the traditional method of marketing as the only way to avail their services. Even with the advent of internet, people would not take advantage of it to search for these industries online.
Fast forwarding to present, most funeral homes have already set up their own visually engaging websites. With additional ads, listings and social networking campaigns, these industries were able to cope with the changes brought about by technology.
Being on the digital age, necrological services also lived up to technology’s expectations.
By setting up virtual web casting and online streaming of necrological services, funeral homes definitely reach out to families beyond boundaries. Those who are far from the deceased member will no longer have to travel in order to attend the wake. This is just one of the significant contributions that technology has brought to this industry now that most people involve themselves actively online.
How this live streaming of necrological services works? It is technically setting up video equipment to capture the actual necrological service, which is linked to a computer and software capable of live streaming the video.
A password usually protect webcasts so that only the family members and friends of the deceased individual can access the streaming. The webcast will remain online for 30 days in order for those who could not attend the actual wake to revisit the ceremony.
In line with this offer, arranging funerals and crematory services can also be done online without having the need to visit the funeral home personally. Now that’s what they call convenience! A lot of companies in this industry are already following this kind of trend. Some companies also include the pre-planning stage with the use of on online portal.
Do you plan to inform loved ones about the death of a family member? Why settle for publishing it on newspaper obituaries when you can do it via online memorials? This service can be part of the whole package or can be purchased separately online from companies like Legacy and Tributes. Not to mention, one can also use the power of social media through creating Facebook pages.
For centuries, cemetery markers have not really changed a bit, except for various font styles and designs. Not until now, where quick response chips can be impregnated into the grave markers and can be accessed via smartphone, a simple tombstone could turn into a living interactive headstone.
These are some of the examples of how technology reshapes the landscape of necrological services. While people might be slowly going away from the culture of being traditional, revolutionizing death services can definitely make the living ones closer to their departed loved ones.
While thinking about end-of-life decisions seems to be challenging, preparing for it as early as now brings an individual into much comfortable resting place. Taking the very first step is more important because it focuses more on legacy rather than loss.
Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel and Crematory has been the premier North Knoxville Funeral Home since 1948. We can accommodate any need, and any budget.