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Virtual Funeral Services: What You Need to Know

Published: September 5, 2022
funeral homes in Hallsville, TX

With the arrival of COVID-19, funeral homes in Hallsville, TX saw a big increase in the number of people holding virtual services for their loved ones. While at times this was the only option as the number of people who could gather together was limited, this is no longer the case. Even so, hosting a virtual service still remains a popular option for many families.  

This could be for a number of reasons. Some families may wish to save on the overall expense while others may have family members who cannot travel but still wish to attend a service. Whatever the reason may be, if you are considering hosting a virtual service, but not sure what all is involved, keep reading as we cover what you need to know about these services. 

What is a Virtual Service?

A virtual service is a service that is streamed live on an online platform. This could be over a conferencing softer such as Zoom, or it could be streamed live over a social media platform such as Facebook.   

The virtual service could be held a couple of different ways. One, the service could be held entirely live in person with a streaming view for those who cannot travel a chance to view it and “attend” virtually. With this option, the service would be conducted just as normal with all speakers and such being at the actual service delivering their remarks. The only aspect of this is that there would be the live stream so that those who are far away could view it. 

The other option is to have a small service in person with perhaps just immediate family and then have all others who are going to participate join in virtually. This means that the speakers would be in their own homes and deliver their remarks using the conferencing software.

Hosting a Virtual Service

No matter what types of virtual service you decide, there are some important things you will need to decide.

  • Choose the Software - If you are simply streaming the service live, you could use Facebook or Twitter to broadcast the event. Also, many times funeral homes may have a website where users can log into to view the service live. If you wish to have a service that is mostly online with all of the guests and speakers attending virtually, a conferencing software like Zoom would be a better choice.
  • Have an Expert - Once you decide what platform you will be using it is important that you have someone familiar with that specific platform to be in charge of the service. This way if there are any technical issues before or during the service, this person will be able to resolve them quickly.
  • Have the Proper Equipment - Make sure you have everything you need to have a smooth service.  One thing you will have to have is a camera to stream the service so that guests can view it. If the service will be held all virtually, it’s important to make sure the host as well as any speakers have a working camera and microphone on their computer.

If you would like more information on virtual services from funeral homes in Hallsville, TX, give us a call or come by anytime. Together we can work with you to ensure all those who wish to view your loved one’s services are able to do so.

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