Watch fu­ner­als on­line via we­b­casts from crem

Macclesfield Express - - WHAT’S ON -

BE­REAVED fam­i­lies un­able to at­tend the fu­ner­als of their loved ones in Mac­cles­field are now able to watch them on­line.

It will cost fam­i­lies £50 to set up the we­b­casts from Mac­cles­field cre­ma­to­rium.

The ser­vice will only be avail­able for fam­ily and friends on re­quest, who will be given a pass­word to ac­cess the web­site, and the ser­vice will be paid for by the peo­ple or­gan­is­ing the fu­neral.

The broad­casts are live but can be watched for seven days after the fu­neral.

There will also be DVD and CD au­dio record­ings avail­able.

Coun Paul Find­low, mem­ber for cor­po­rate pol­icy and le­gal ser­vices, said: “These we­b­casts are in­tended as a way of help­ing fam­i­lies who may have spread out across the world.” Coun David Mar­ren, chair­man of Or­bitas said: “There will al­ways be peo­ple who can­not at­tend a fu­neral and they will have very good rea­sons for not be­ing able to.

“This ser­vice al­lows peo­ple who may have health is­sues, are hos­pi­talised or who sim­ply just live too far away to be a part of the ser­vice. It will al­low them to ob­serve, take com­fort and to mark their re­spect from any­where, world­wide.

Or­bitas, a com­pany owned by Cheshire East Coun­cil which re­spon­si­ble for fu­ner­als, says the ser­vice has been avail­able since last week and there has only been one ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est so far.

Mac­cles­field Ceme­tery and Cre­ma­to­rium

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