Southampton Council is planning to hold the first pay-per-view funerals in the UK via the internet.
Friends and relatives who are unable to attend a funeral service can view the proceedings via webcam at a cost of £75 per connection. They can also buy a DVD of the service for £50 or an audio recording for £25.
"This has been in development for some time," said a council spokesman.
The services are being run by private company Wesley Music which hopes to extend the idea around the country. It will also supply funeral music as long as selections are sent in 48 hours in advance.
Wesley Music already provides pre-selected music for many funerals around the country but this is the first time that the service has been streamed over the internet.
Participants will be able to view the funeral as many times as they like for seven days after the event.
Three funerals have already been held using the system, and it is now being rolled out to crematoria in Liverpool, Cambridge, Nottingham, Peterborough, Worthing, Redditch and Wokingham.
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