Weddings, graduations, and anniversaries are intensely personal moments. What they all have in common is that we want to share the joy with family and friends. Live streaming of these moments has become commonplace, letting distant relatives take part even when they can’t attend.
But there are also times when we want to share our sorrows. It’s a subject many don’t like to think about, but it’s also possible to live stream funerals and memorial ceremonies.
High Profile Examples
Last December, one of the co-founders of Campus Crusade for Christ died from leukaemia. Vonette Bright was 89 years old when she succumbed to her illness. After founding Campus Crusade, she and her husband grew it into one of the largest Christian ministries in the world.
Her funeral was held at the First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, Florida which could hold 1,200 people. It wasn’t even close to being large enough to hold everyone that wanted to attend. In addition, there were mourners across the globe in South America, Europe, Asia and Australia too.
The church live streamed the services so everyone could hear the eulogies, hymns and prayers as they said goodbye to a dear loved one.
Another example is a tribute held to celebrate the life of Wayne Dyer. It was held in Orlando on September 18, 2015 after Dyer passed from a heart attack. The tribute was live streamed and recorded, and can now be viewed on his website. The recording indicates it will be available on demand until October 1, 2020.
Dyer was the author of 30 books, appeared multiple times on Oprah shows, and travelled the world sharing sacred places and stories with those that travelled with him. He touched millions of lives, and so many of them wanted to help mourn his death and celebrate his life. Live streaming the memorial let everyone do so, even if they couldn’t make the original event.
Adding live streaming to a ceremony
Most people have family who can’t attend a service for one reason or another. Whether it is a wedding or a funeral, organisations can add live streaming as an option to their standard services. Since streaming is becoming more and more accepted and expected, it might be worth investing in the infrastructure to support it.
Religious organisations can use it for ceremonies as I’ve mentioned, but they can also use it for broadcasting Sunday services to overflow locations (especially for those packed holiday services) or providing on demand recordings of services to be watched later. Streaming can also help churches keep younger followers who are more likely to watch via a device rather than attend services in person.
It’s possible for families to add live streaming to any occasion too. For those moments you want to share and have recorded, there are professionals that provide live streaming services. Wedding planners, videographers, event planners and many others include streaming on their list of services.
If you’re interested in learning more about live streaming for yourself, family, church or other organisation, we have two downloads that can help you. The first is a special report called Introduction to Live Streaming. This will help you learn the terminology and what you need to look for in a streaming provider.
The second is a white paper entitled How to Use Live Streaming to Expand Your Organisation. This in depth paper covers the basics of streaming and provides examples of how other organisations have used streaming. It also has the 7 questions you should ask before choosing a streaming provider.
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