Funeral ceremonies can now be broadcast to the homes of family and friends who wish to pay their last respects but cannot in person due to coronavirus restrictions.
There is now the option to have a live link to the chapel at Slough cemetery and crematorium so no-one is left out of proceedings.
Due to the current coronavirus lockdown only 20 people are permitted in the chapel with a further 10 allowed to congregate outside and listen to the service on loud speakers. This number does not include staff working at the site.
The restrictions are in place at the Stoke Road site, which is operated and owned by the council, to allow immediate family to attend funerals whilst maintaining social distancing inside the chapel.
There is also the option of allowing mourners unable to attend to the service to watch in their own time by having it recorded and available for 28 days. Another option is for the service to be recorded and a permanent copy given to the family.
There is a small charge for the webcast which is bookable when making arrangements through the family’s chosen funeral director. The family will then be given a unique code and website details to be used on the day.
Councillor Pavitar K. Mann, lead member for regulatory services which includes the cemetery and crematorium, said: “At the moment, it isn’t possible for everyone’s family and friends to attend the cemetery and crematorium to say their last goodbye, but this is hopefully a comforting alternative.
“Not only will it mean everyone can view the service if they are not in a family bubble permitted in the chapel numbers, but will also minimise the risk of coronavirus infection and negate the need for people to travel to Slough.
“Our sympathies go out to everyone who has had to say goodbye to someone during the last year and we hope this live streaming service will give comfort to extended family and friends.”
As of today Slough’s current infection rate is 1059.9 per 100,000 of the population.
The live casts are semi-automated to allow for services which are running late or early, but please note viewers may catch the end of a service or the chapel being cleaned between services.
The simple system is a single camera towards the rear of the chapel and the quality of the live cast will be dependant on the viewers internet provider and package they receive.
There is more information and the pricing structure of the webcast here https://www.slough.gov.uk/coronavirus/coronavirus-births-marriages-deaths/3