For when you kinda wanna show respect, but not really

In the ever-shrinking world in which we live, more things can be done online every day it seems. For things like quick messages between people or groups, or video conferencing to reduce travel expenses, this is great. For other things, you sometimes have to wonder just what we’ve become. For instance, thanks to a crematorium in England, “mourners” will be able to watch funerals via the internet.

To me, that sends the load and clear message that “We want to see your dead body, and maybe the burial, but we really just never cared enough for you to get our lazy asses out of the house and come to your funeral.” The exception to this being people who are unable to attend, such as those too sick to travel or too far away and unable to secure time off. Otherwise, this seems like a great way to pretend to pay respect to someone without missing that game that’s going to be on the television at the same time as the funeral.

A crematorium has installed a camera so mourners can watch funerals on the internet.

Families will pay £45 to allow friends and relatives to view services at the council-run crematorium in Peterborough, Cambs.

Crematorium bosses are offering a DVD or video for an extra £25.

On the plus side, if you can’t be bothered to go, AND you don’t want to miss a moment of the game, you can just purchase the DVD afterwards and pay your respects post-posthumously. Or am I just being a bit too cynical?

[tags]Funeral via web-cam, When you really don’t care but want to pretend you do, Am I being too cynical here?[/tags]