Live from a Funeral: Livestreaming a Loved One's Final Farewell

27 June 2019
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There's no predetermined length of time between the passing of a loved one and their funeral, and it's generally a case of as soon as possible, as in as soon as all the necessary arrangements can be completed. Once the death has been registered, the family are able to proceed with the funeral and burial whenever they're ready, and the only potential delay could be if the authorities need to query the circumstances of the death, although this is rare. There's also the religious element, with Islam requiring the dead to be buried within 24 hours. Even without any type of religious stipulations, it's not as though a funeral can be delayed for very long. Although the family and friends of the deceased will do their best to be there in person, it's not always going to be possible with such short notice, particularly given the distance that some might need to travel. And yet it's still possible for them to observe the service without actually being there, if you choose to livestream the funeral.


It's not as though having a camera at the service is disrespectful, or runs the risk of turning the service into a spectacle. All you need is one small webcam pointed at the podium, while also being connected to the microphone to ensure good quality audio. The camera can be discreetly positioned at the rear of the private funeral chapel, and will not be obtrusive in the slightest.

Existing Equipment

Some funeral chapels might already have the necessary equipment installed, available as an optional extra, already accounting for the fact that some of the bereaved might not be able to attend the service. In this instance, all you need to do is to inform the funeral director that you wish for the service to be livestreamed, and they can then make the necessary arrangements, including giving you instructions as to how someone can securely view the livestream. But what about when you need to make the arrangements yourself?

DIY Streaming

If you're not all that tech savvy, you will probably want to keep arrangements as simple as possible. Many social media companies offer complimentary video streaming to their members, and so it can be as simple as logging in and following the prompts. In this instance, you will need to position the camera yourself (which will be directly connected to a laptop or tablet). Elevate the camera and place it in the rear of the private funeral chapel, making sure that its view will not be obscured when the chapel is full. Be sure to check your privacy settings, since you don't want just anyone to be able to watch the stream.

Live streaming a funeral offers a practical, unobtrusive means to allow the funeral to be experienced by those who cannot be there in person.