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May 25, 2008

e-Burial: Online Burial Viewing Service

Last week, when a sibling of a friend died of colon cancer, I went to the wake at the Paco church to pay my respects. My friend told me one one of their sister from the States can’t make it and wished there’s a way they can do to ease the disappointment.

I said I can bring my laptop and use the built-in webcam to do a YM video conference. I hooked up my phone to Smart 3G and connect it to my laptop via bluetooth and started.

So there we were, moving the laptop around to broadcast the video taken from the webcam while other relatives huddle around to talk to the other party in the US.

I thought this was cool and wondered why chapels haven’t thought of this yet.

Apparently, there’s already one doing this — the St. Peter Life Plan and Chapels have been offering live webcam broadcasts on most of their chapels nationwide.

The e-Burial Online Viewing service provides multiple webcams to St. Peter Memorial Chapels from Quezon City to Bacolod, Cebu, Iloilo, Ormoc, Tacloban, Tagbilaran, down to Butuan, Digos, and General Santos.

Clients are given an account so they can login to the site and view the webcams online.

{hat tip: tech soulja}


16 Responses to “e-Burial: Online Burial Viewing Service”

  1. noemi
    Twitter: momblogger
    says:

    I saw this being done in a relative’s burial. I thought it was cool. My relative was bound to leave for the Philippines but wanted to view the wake and talk to family members.

  2. Lynda says:

    amazing how technology provides ways of connecting people.

  3. Jan Alvin says:

    I wonder whats the nest big thing when its come to funerals.

  4. Fitz says:

    Now relatives from afar won’t have to spend lots of money just to attend the wake. Great value for technology.

  5. Andre
    Twitter: kzapkzap
    says:

    Very good way to make that connection, its a good service to offer as long as its done respectfully and none charged outrageously for. This is one of those situations where its really practical. Also they have to be sure about security.

  6. jhay says:

    I guess it’s time for local funeral businesses to upgrade their services to “2.o”? On top of the customary video coverage that will usually take months before becoming available, live web coverage could be a new service. Next would be online obituaries, but I think J Angelo Racoma already has something similar in the works.

  7. manu says:

    this concept is brilliant!

  8. Hexen says:

    Nice! I wish I thought about this service before…

  9. noel
    Twitter: noelbautista
    says:

    We did that twice this year when 2 of our relatives died.

    My brothers also did a “virtual inuman” with our relative in the US.

  10. Techsoulja says:

    Congratulations! Mr.Guzman!!!! that’s he’s idea , You finally hit it this time brother.

    Nice Job man!!!

    Go San Beda Fight!!!

  11. Dave Starr says:

    Thanks, Abe,

    As usual you are way more atop the news here than most. I never saw any write-up on thisin the ‘old media’.

    I also recently attended the furenrl of a favorite tita at St. Peters, QC but saw no mention of this service … clearly it hadn’t gotten down to the loacal management level. The family would have availed of the service in a haetbeat, there were several breaved neices overseas and a couple relatives here in the Philippines who could not travel for health reasons. A good service and a small profit maker, so that is win-win.

    Good that you pointed out YM’s video features. For some reason Yahoo! has drifted from some people’s minds, but their messenger services are fantastic for keeping families in touch … no special web sites needed and the service even works (slow, but still works) over dial-up … you cna still include family members who don’t have broadband.

  12. Good Day!

    On behalf of St. Peter Group of Companies we would like to say thank you for the blog you made. We are glad to invite you to our coming event this November. Please email me your contact info’s for us able to send a formal letter of Invitation.

    Alex of St. Peter Group

  13. mnengyta says:

    pls help meant open the eburol online viewing c

  14. thank you for your e-burol online viewing so we can easily view the burol of our beloved one even were very far from them…

  15. koy says:

    eburol from St.Peter is a waste of time! I want to see my grandmother’s wake but unfortunately after 40mins of wasting time, I can’t still view the cam.

  16. Rose and Benjie says:

    Is there one from Cagayan de Oro City?

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