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FRONT PAGE  |  9/19/2019
WEDNESDAY, JUL 31, 2019  |  4 comments
Now Even Funerals Are Livestreamed—and Families Are Grateful
In a culture obsessed with tweeting and Instagramming every moment of life, it’s little surprise that streaming extends to death. Funeral livestreaming services have been around for more than a decade, but the practice has recently exploded in popularity, says Bryant Hightower, president-elect of the National Funeral Directors Association. He estimates that nearly 20 percent of US funeral homes now offer the service—a big number in an industry resistant to change—in response to demand from clients. Tech-savvy entrepreneurs offer livestreaming as a service to hesitant funeral directors. ...

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News Item7/31/19 3:31 PM
Just a Guy | Mississippi  Find all comments by Just a Guy
Being "Just a younger Guy" I definitely see this stuff from a different lense than the older people on here. I don't remember a time without some form of a cellphone, or type of computer (if box computers are still considered one)...

The leap people have made in not just technological hardware but software is amazing. Who would have thought you could download a 3 gb movie in 5 seconds (5G network speeds), have a phone with 1000 gb of space, five cameras, and under display fingerprint scanners. It almost seems like science fiction looking back 50 years...

But it makes me wonder how much of our lives will we sell to the tech masters of Google, Facebook, and Windows. Are we willing to depend on the God-haters of this world to commune with the church, or respect those who pass away?...

I definitely think we should be careful in how much of physical life we are willing to replace for an OLED screen...

Tech is a great tool for the impersonal parts of life like business, banking, movies, and research. But when it comes to the personal things like funerals, church, of talking to others we should only use it for the times when it's not possible to do it another way...


News Item7/31/19 10:33 AM
Douglas Fir | Zones Four to Six  Find all comments by Douglas Fir
Online cannot replace face-to-face interaction. I was going to say 'online community' but that would be an oxymoron.
Online is good for reaching out, so it's good to see SA report that churches here are getting new people from visiting this website.
Online is good for resources; see all the classic books you can download to read in your Kindle app for PC (no need to buy a Kindle device). And, of course, check out the Biblical Theology course from the John Knox Institute, see the SA home page.

News Item7/31/19 4:29 AM
John UK  Find all comments by John UK
I will not be attending mine own funeral, and for this reason I have decided not to have one. Oh and the obvious other reason being that I have better things to spend that money on.

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The Quiet Christian  Find all comments by The Quiet Christian
Considering the spread of families and the expense in travel, this has been a blessing to some we know including ourselves. The biggest detractor is the loss of social interaction and support, though. It's kinda like watching a church service via the same kinds of systems. That warm handshake and show of mutual support just isn't found in the virtual world.
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