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article imageFuneral services to be streamed online in Spain

By Anne Sewell     Nov 1, 2014 in World
Valencia - The city of Valencia in Spain is set to be the first to offer a brand new, free service to families and friends of deceased loved ones. Wherever they are in the world, they will be able to attend the funeral service, and tour the cemetery, online.
By law in Spain, deceased persons must be buried or cremated within 48 hours of their passing, which can make life difficult for friends and families overseas, unable to make arrangements to travel home in time for the service.
Valencia's general cemetery is setting up a ground-breaking service, to be dubbed "Online Farewell," which will be streamed directly from their chapel and crematorium.
To ensure confidentiality, families and friends wishing to make use of the new, and completely free, service will be given a code, which will then give them access to the footage of the funeral service on the website for the Online Farewell service, "El Museo del Silencio" (Spanish language).
According to Lourdes Bernal, a local councilor in Valencia, the city is the first in Spain, and as far as they know in the whole world, to offer this service, which is set to launch on November 17th.
Officials told 20minutos (Spanish language) that the service may be expanded in the future with the installation of more cameras in the chapels.
Friends and family attending the funeral online will also have an option to sign a funeral guest book, and there will also be an app available for smartphones, enabling them to experience an online tour of the cemetery.
While Valencia is the first city to offer the option, Barcelona is planning a similar service, which will only be available from January 2015.
Family tombs in the general cemetery in Valencia  Spain.
Family tombs in the general cemetery in Valencia, Spain.
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