Devon

East Devon Crematorium offers webcast funerals

East Devon Crematorium
Image caption The crematorium furnace can accommodate wider coffins because of rising obesity levels

Funerals can be broadcast on the internet at a new Devon crematorium.

Facilities at the £4m East Devon Crematorium at Whimple include live webcasts of services, so friends and family across the world can take part.

The privately-funded non-denominational development will cater for all faiths as well as non-religious services.

Crematorium director Chris Johns said that people would be able to watch a funeral by entering a code into a website.

He said having the technology to provide webcasts meant that people who lived far away or were unwell could be a part of the service.

He said: "We know there's a need in the locality and we've incorporated the most modern facilities.

"By entering a code, they can view a funeral which otherwise they have missed.

"We're extremely pleased with the building."

The crematorium will cover an area from Exmouth in Devon to Bridport in Dorset.

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