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    Online funerals aimed at far-flung relations

    Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

    A Belfast firm of undertakers has launched what is reportedly the first online service to allow mourners to view funeral services from abroad, the AP has reported. Clarke & Son say their service came out of requests that tapes of services be sent abroad to far-off relations.

    “We have one camera to give you the perspective of the minister looking out to the congregation, one showing the hearse and cortege of mourners outside, and one that looks like you’re sitting in amidst the mourners,” said Jim Clarke of Clarke & Son undertakers in Newtownards, an eastern suburb of Belfast.

    The report added,

    He said the service last year proved invaluable for two brothers – one living in New Zealand, the other in the United States – who had traveled back to Northern Ireland to visit an ill relative who then died.

    “They said, ‘There’s no way we can get our wives and families here at such short notice,’ and we had the solution to hand. It really removes a burden for some families,” Clarke said.

    Read the full report.

    Visit S. Clarke & Son’s website.

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