It may be hard to believe, but some people are in the business of death. And while funeral services may be somber and emotionally draining, the technology that surrounds them is quickly improving and making the process of celebrating loved ones and respectfully dealing with their remains as efficient as possible.
Technology in the Funeral Industry
You are forgiven if you don’t like to ponder the subject of death much. It’s an emotional topic that hits too close to home for many of us. However, from a business perspective, it’s interesting to take a look at how technology is shaping the funeral industry.
1. Streaming Funeral Services
Over the past couple of years, you may have tuned into a live stream of a celebrity’s funeral. Names like Maya Angelou and Muhammad Ali come to mind. But it’s not just famous figures who are having their funerals streamed. Thanks to improvements in streaming quality and technology, the general public is taking part in this shifting tradition as well.
“It’s often done through a third-party provider that specializes in live-streaming events. Providers can be found through a quick Google search, and prices vary depending on your specific needs,” burial expert Mark Busch says. “More than just a novelty, live streaming offers conveniences. For those who can’t attend a funeral for health restrictions or who live far away, live streaming allows them to experience the service and honor their loved ones.”
2. Biodegradable Cremation Urns
Cremation is a popular method that’s increasingly being chosen over the traditional burial method. It’s cheaper, simpler, and more flexible than the alternative. And to go along with the push for more eco-friendly products, the cremation industry has responded with its own “green” alternatives to standard solutions.
Companies like In the Light Urns now sell biodegradable cremation urns. Many of these urns can be used for land or water burial, while others are held onto and displayed for a period of time. It’s a major step forward for an industry that’s long been stuck in its ways.
3. Online Memorials
When was the last time you opened up the newspaper and took a glance at the obituaries? This traditional method of honoring loved ones who’ve passed away is no longer as popular as it once was. Instead, the tradition has migrated to the internet.
These days, you can see obituaries in the form of online memorials on websites like MuchLoved and ForeverMissed. The beauty of these sites is that loved ones can set up pages that live on forever and allow people to stop by and leave comments or share stories.
4. Green Cremation
We mentioned biodegradable cremation urns earlier in this article, but the technology behind the actual process of cremation has undergone some sophisticated changes too.
Contrary to popular belief, standard cremation really isn’t a sustainable practice. It uses natural gas or propane as a fuel source and leaves behind a noticeable footprint. But that’s changing with the introduction of new systems.
“The new advanced models are controlled by computers and the fuel as well as combustion air is monitored and managed throughout the process,” explains the Oregon Cremation Alliance. “They operate at higher temperatures and are much more powerful, thereby reducing the cremation cycle time as well as the amount of fuel consumed.”
Technology’s Link Between the Dead and Living
As you can see, technology is improving the funeral and burial industry in a handful of positive ways. From the ability for loved ones to connect with one another halfway around the world to more eco-friendly cremation processes that save the environment, technology is a positive link between the dead and living.