The funeral industry is changing rapidly and is being revolutionized by technology. As digital culture becomes more ubiquitous, we are seeing an evolution in the way funerals are organised, celebrated and commemorated. From using virtual reality to creating memorial boxes in place of headstones, to hosting headstone unveilings through live streaming events, technology is impacting all aspects of the burial process – from commemorations to the continuation of meaningful legacies.
In this blog post, we will examine how modern technology has found its way into our often grim traditions surrounding death, while still honoring those who have died with dignity and respect.
Live streaming and recording of the funeral
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many funerals have been restricted to a limited number of attendees. However, technology has made it possible for people to participate remotely.
Live streaming allows friends and family to attend the funeral from the comfort of their own home. A camera and an internet connection can broadcast the service on platforms such as Facebook, YouTube or Zoom. Recording the service is another option that allows people to watch it later.
Virtual memorials and condolence books
Virtual memorials have become increasingly popular in recent years. They allow mourners to pay their respects online by leaving messages and photos on a digital platform. These virtual memorials can be accessed from anywhere in the world, providing a convenient way for people to share memories and support one another in times of grief.
Similarly, virtual condolence books are also available online, allowing friends and relatives to express their condolences and share their memories with others.
Digital tombstones and QR codes
Digital tombstones and QR codes are new to burials. Digital tombstones are screens that display photos, videos, and other digital content related to the deceased. They can be customized to display a variety of images, including family photos, religious symbols, or even a slideshow of the life of the deceased.
QR codes, on the other hand, can be attached to physical tombstones, allowing people to scan them with their smartphones and access the same digital content.
Augmented Reality and 3D Printing
Augmented reality and 3D printing technologies have also been incorporated into funeral services. Augmented reality can create a virtual version of the deceased, allowing mourners to interact with them in a simulated environment. This technology can bring a sense of comfort to the bereaved and even provide an opportunity for closure. 3D printing, on the other hand, can create personalized urns, keepsakes, and other objects to commemorate the deceased.
Funerals are a traditional way of honoring the deceased, and the ritual process remains an important cultural practice around the world. However, as technology has advanced, it has also found its way into funeral services.
Technology has transformed the way we live, work and communicate and is now making its way into the world of funerals. Technology has revolutionized the way funerals are organized and remembered, from virtual memorials to digital headstones.
The use of technology in burials has enabled us to honor the deceased in new and innovative ways while providing comfort and support to the bereaved. As the world continues to change and technology advances, further advances in celebrating and remembering the lives of those we have lost are likely to be made.