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Funerals streamed online by webcams at Stafford crematorium

Too busy to attend a funeral? Stafford crematorium plans to stream live footage of funerals on the Internet.

Live footage of funerals at Stafford crematorium will be streamed over the Internet, according to the BBC.

Don't worry, it's not as morbid as it sounds. The crematorium, which is run by Stafford Borough Council, says the service is intended for mourners who are too ill or too far away to attend funerals in person.

The funeral footage will be encrypted, preventing unwanted parties from getting all voyeuristic on your dearly departed. Those who wish to watch will be granted a pin code, which they'll enter into a secure website.

The funeral streaming system will launch alongside a music selection service that will allow families to choose the songs they want played at funerals. Anthony Evans from the council says the 80,000-track music database will make it easier for families to select appropriate music and have a "more meaningful funeral".

The move doesn't come as a massive surprise to Crave. There are now many churches that stream services live over the Internet and there are others that even offer free Wi-Fi in the house of the Lord, so we should probably applaud Stafford crematorium for moving with the times and embracing technology.

But what do you think? Is it a good idea, or are some things better left offline? Let us know what you think down in the comments or on our Facebook page.