Fergerson Funeral Home is First to

Broadcast Funerals on the Internet


Fergerson Funeral Home, North Syracuse is proud to announce that they are the first funeral home in the United States and possibly the world, to have broadcast a funeral live on the Internet. Alfred E. Fergerson, President announced that visitors to his website's new streaming video page will see the front entrance to the funeral home, with Main Street and Palmer Drive traffic in the background. During funerals, a viewer might see the directors organizing processions and pallbearers carrying caskets. Upon request, the entire service can be sent live over the Internet - even calling hours.

The funeral home will now offer this as a service to shut-ins or distant relatives that can't attend services in person. The system that makes this possible is compatible with anyone's Internet connection. No software is needed to receive the program content. Fergerson can control the number of people who are allowed to view the program, the time each viewer is allowed to stay connected and can limit access by passwords. Families will have to give written permission to have any portion of the funeral service transmitted on the Internet.

When asked what prompted him to develop this capability, Fergerson told about a high school friend who's father had just died and wasn't able to attend the funeral. He knew that with today's technology there is no reason why a person should not be able to witness final respects. He obtained the hardware and software needed to accomplish this and after days of configuring and mating it to his website he has completing tests and is ready to provide this as an extension of his services.

Fergerson, a self acknowledged gadget lover has a personal motto, "significantly advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic". Is this magic? Well, let the viewer decide. You can visit the site by just going to the funeral home's website at www.FergersonFuneralHome.com and go to the bottom of "Galleries" and click on the live video link there.


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