Funeral Home Offers Web Streaming to Mourners

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CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio -- There are all types of interesting things to watch on the internet these days. Now a Cleveland funeral home has started its own internet video channel.  

The Funeral Channel is an innovative way to bring people together when families may need each other the most.

"This is a new way, an electronic way, helping people be together and sharing their thoughts and feelings," says Michael Kumin, Funeral Director at Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz Funeral Home on Taylor Road in Cleveland Heights. The funeral home just started the channel last week.

If you choose to have a "memorial-cast”, the funeral home offers the service for free and private even though it’s being streamed live on the Internet.

"If there is going to be a webcast, there will be a link to it and you would click that link and then you'll be asked for a password. That's the second step, the family needs to give you the password if they want you to see it. You’ll know the password, what the password is so you can see the video,” says Michael Kumin.

Some people say the funeral channel may be a little creepy, but it's an innovative way to be there for your family and friends.

"I think it's a good idea because it allows you to say goodbye to a loved one who you could not get to otherwise." says Mary Murphy of Cleveland Heights

Online funeral services have grown in popularity lately. Celebrity funerals like Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson were streamed online and millions of people watched. With this new service you don't have to be famous to have a funeral service broadcast online to loved ones around the globe.

The funeral home will also offer Skype so mourners who are out of town can speak to family and friends at a funeral.