A trend in funeral services is to include a webcast of the services:
· Family and friends, who could not otherwise attend the funeral, are able to view the service over the Internet through a webcam hookup. Usually, viewers must first key in a pass code before they can watch the service.
· Supporters point out that mourners watching a webcast of a service is similar to people watching a televised funeral of a famous person. It's a way for people who can't come in person to pay respect to the family and grieve.