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Brighton & Hove Council launches webcast funeral services

Brighton and Hove Council has today launched online webcasts for people unable to pay their respects to lost family and friends at a funeral.

During the coronavirus pandemic the number of people allowed to physically attend a service is currently restricted to 12. 

In response to this, Brighton and Hove City Council has installed new technology at Woodvale Crematorium which will allow anyone unable to attend a service to watch on their connected devices at home.

The live webcasting service is being offered free of charge until 30 June and will be kept under review.

Daniel Yates, lead councillor for life events services said: “We understand it is upsetting for those friends and family members who are unable to attend a funeral service at the moment.  Coronavirus (Covid-19) continues to have so many sad consequences beyond the obvious.

“While this webcasting service is not how many would like to pay their respects, this will allow them to still be part of a service and to hear the tributes, memories and stories from those who are able to attend.”

He added: “During this pandemic, it’s important we continue to follow guidelines on gatherings and social distancing, but we also want to make sure people are allowed to remember and celebrate the lives of those we have lost.”

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