A Long-Distance Funeral

Skype Funeral 1We felt hugely privileged to be asked to host the funeral of Jorge Resende yesterday. A lot of Jorge’s family live in Portugal, as does a close family friend who is also a priest.

Our challenge was to bring everyone close together using technology, which we achieved with the help of Skype and a large television screen.

Friends in Huntingdon gathered at our premises in Princes Street at 8pm, at the same time as the priest and members of the family met at the family home in Portugal. A Skype link was then set up so that both parties could see each other.

The service was conducted in Portuguese with participation from both countries during the live link.

The atmosphere at Princes Street ensured that everyone felt welcome and able to relax, and lots of emotion was experienced when people who had not met for a long time saw each other on the big screen. The premises were ideal for an occasion such as this.

Kingfisher Independent Funeral Services are proud to be the only locally-owned, fully independent funeral directors in St Neots and Huntingdon. We are recommended locally on The Best of St Neots and nationally by The Natural Death Centre. Visit our Huntingdon website or our St Neots website, telephone us on (St Neots) 01480 471001 or (Huntingdon) 01480 412938, or call in and see us at Gate Lodge, Cemetery Road, St Neots PE19 2BX or 10-10A Princes Street, Huntingdon PE29 3PA (opposite the registrar).