Here are two reasons why you might want to have a funeral home arrange a webcast for a funeral.
You want to have a small, inexpensive funeral whilst still inviting lots of people
If you don't have much to spend on this funeral but the deceased was a well-loved person who had lots of friends, then you might find managing the funeral costs quite tricky, as when you invite a lot of people to a funeral service, the cost of that funeral will usually be quite high.
This is because if, for example, you invite 80 people to a funeral rather than 10, not only will you need to hire a much larger room inside the funeral home, but you will also have a much larger catering bill, as you'll need to feed all of these guests afterward. If you cannot afford to rent a huge room or to spend lots of money on food, you should organise a funeral webcast for the service. If you do this, you can then stick with inviting immediate family members and the deceased's best friends to the physical venue and then arrange for all of the other people to view it on the webcast.
If you decide to take this advice, make sure that you provide all of these virtual guests with a copy of the password for the webcast (if accessing it will require a password) so that none of these people miss out on this last, important moment with their dear friend.
The deceased knew a lot of bedbound or partially mobile people
It could be a good idea to request a webcast if many people who knew the deceased are bedbound or only partially mobile. This could be the case if, for example, the deceased was elderly when they died and spent the last few years of their life in a nursing home; in this situation, they may have made many friends who were as old as them and had the same mobility issues that lots of elderly people do. A webcast would allow those people to view their friend's funeral service without risking an injury or exhausting themselves by trying to go to it in person.
If you do this, you may need to have the funeral home liaise with whichever hospice or nursing home these people are in so that they can, for example, set up a large monitor that is big enough for all of the invited patients to watch the service at the same time.
To learn more, contact a resource that offers broadcast funeral services.