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Consumer technology is usually associated with living people. However, one intrepid UK crematorium now allows people to say goodbye to their beloved through a webcam and the internet. From today, Southampton Crematorium will offer a pay-per-view service that gives mourners online access to a broadcast of someone’s last moments …


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  1. Wellard
    Paris Hilton

    Don't forget Worthing!

    As per the title, Worthing crematorium has also put up this wonderful offer the same time out Southampton.

    Paris, because she likes a good on-line funeral.

  2. Anonymous Coward


    They will burn you a DVD while they b... nevermind.

    Mine's the smoking jacket.

  3. Ian Ferguson
    Paris Hilton

    After the death of his wife?

    "After the death of his wife, John Childs was forced to return to Australia because of work commitments"

    Wow, I wonder what his wife would have made of that. It takes the work/life overbalance to a whole new level.

    £75 for an hour's access to a webcam seems a bit steep - hell, you could access some decent porn webcams and more for that price... apparently.

    But putting gimmickness aside, this is actually quite a good service for the house-bound. It would be perfect for my gran if a) she had a computer and b) her mates could be convinced to die in Southampton.

    Paris 'cos she has a bit of experience in £75-per-hour video... apparently.

  4. Morten Lindegren

    will it be a monologue?

    ... and happy 1. of april

  5. Vernon Lloyd

    hmmmmmmmmm as its April 1st


    I hope.......;-)

  6. Jamie Kephalas
    Paris Hilton

    Choices Choices....

    "Now do I stay and pay full respects to my deceased wife, or head back to Australia for work?"

    Paris, cause she knows all about pay-per-view. ;)

  7. Anonymous Coward

    "because of work committments"!?

    "After the death of his wife, John Childs was forced to return to Australia because of work commitments"

    I think it's fair to say that even the most brutal employer would give you the day off to attend your wife's funeral..

  8. Anonymous Coward

    re: After the death of his wife?

    "£75 for an hour's access to a webcam seems a bit steep - hell, you could access some decent porn webcams and more for that price... apparently."

    Yeah, but then you'd be watching the wrong kind of stiff. Apparently.

  9. Anonymous Coward

    Sound recording?..

    so... pretty much "whoomph" is what you'd hear?

    My first thought was the webcam inside the coffin a la the Simpsons - too much!

  10. Dave


    So by linking it to another sites april fool you either think we'll think it's real, or perhaps Mr Sherwood has been fooled himself?

    Its a good idea though. Next we need live webcam & MSN messenger links to weddings "Ds ne1 he ne rsn y ts 2 shll nt b wd?......."

  11. Dave

    Wrong Place

    They need to put a camera (suitably protected, of course) in the oven so we can watch the coffin go up in flames.

  12. Wellard

    re: hmmmmmmmmm as its April 1st

    No really, this is a TRUE story! This was reported on ITV Meridian only a few days ago, and published in our local newspaper. See it was published on 27th March.

  13. M A Walters


    Cambridge (UK) crematorium was probably the first to offer this - about a month ago. Made the local news, that's for sure (it was just one password that the organiser would give out).

  14. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Already done

    "Next we need live webcam & MSN messenger links to weddings"

    Already being done at many council venues, do a google search, this is what made me think that this is entirely possible. Not sure whether they are doing the funerals or not, some stories appeared on the internet yesterday about this.

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  16. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Here's hoping...

    ...they don't use those 'network cameras' without securing them. If watching hotel lobbies and peoples' cages-full of prairie dogs is boring you, switch over to the unintentionally-public funeral cam!

  17. Ian Ferguson

    Not April fool

    I'm in Southampton, and it was in our local rag a couple of weeks ago.

    Front page news - not much of excitement happens around here apart from football hooligans smashing bottles over each other's heads. As a logical conclusion the crematorium does quite well for itself, funnily enough.

  18. Frumious Bandersnatch

    Things to Do in Denver when you're Dead

    Been done...

  19. Rhiakath Flanders

    Beginning to hate technology and/or mankind

    Is it just me, or are people getting dumber and dumber? Damn, this is stupid! Webcam for a funeral? Geez!

    And supposedly, by law, any employers MUST give a few days off (dunno how many) to any employee whose close relative dies. At least, here in Portugal.

    I'm not catholic, or anything. don't like funerals. But damn, i respect the notion of a funeral. It's a get-together of people who will miss the deceased, and want to pay a final respect, say goodbye. This is freaking stupid.

    Like was suggested above, someday, we'll have webcams to watch our beloved ones go up in flames....

  20. Anonymous Coward

    But did he...

    ... watch the funeral from his PC at work?

    Time difference and all...?

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