A new high tech audio visual system recently installed at Accrington Crematorium means that family and friends around the globe can now see a live stream of services held there via webcast.
The music system has also been upgraded with over 50,000 music choices on offer and a new visual tribute system has been installed, so that photos can be displayed during the service, offering relatives more choice when celebrating a loved one’s life.
The new system allows family and friends who can’t attend on the day to watch the service over the internet. Family members now living in Canada, America and Australia have been able to watch a family service at Accrington crematorium over the last couple of months, meaning that even families living apart can all be together for funerals.
Two large screens have been installed in the crematorium which can display photographs of a loved one. This can be anything from a still photograph displayed throughout the service to a rolling slide show with or without music.
These new services complement the music service already in place in the chapel, which has also been upgraded. The crematorium holds a large digital library of over 50,000 songs, hymns and all kinds of other music. Virtually any piece of music can be supplied, and if the family choose a piece of music not in the library, Crematorium staff will do their best to track it down to ensure families get what they want.
Cllr Ken Moss, Cabinet Member for Cemeteries and Crematoria, said: “Through the use of modern technology, we can now offer bereaved families more ways to commemorate and celebrate the lives of their loved ones with an enhanced and wider service. It also allows the celebration of their loved one’s life to be shared by friends and family across the globe via the internet, a real comfort to those who can’t make it in person. The feedback so far from families who have used webcasting and visual tribute facilities has been very positive.”