A Thessaloniki undertaker has told Greek Reporter how his live streaming of funeral services offers distant friends and family the chance to join a loved one’s final journey — even from another continent.
The family business of Fanis and Vasilis Baboulas, Fanis Baboulas & Son, based in northern Greece, began streaming funerals two-and-a-half years ago.
“We began this service trying to fulfill a real need,” Vasilis Baboulas tells Greek Reporter.
“Some clients from abroad had asked for such a service as they could not be physically present for the ceremony.
“On many occasions relatives and friends cannot make last-minute arrangements to attend a funeral service. Our live streaming allows people from as far as the U.S. to see the service,” Baboulas adds.
Up to now, six clients — four based in the U.S. and two in Europe — have used the service, which is provided for free.
Each funeral is covered by up to four cameras, depending on where it is being held.
Mourners are given a specific code to access the stream. This means that no one can snoop on private funerals.
“The ability to live stream a funeral service is important today, as people are moving to all different corners of the earth,” Baboulas says.
A live stream allows distant friends and relatives the chance to take part in the funeral service for a friend in real time, as opposed to watching a recording sent after the event.