New music and webcast technology now available at North Devon Crematorium

Posted on: 30 November 2017

New technology at North Devon Crematorium will make services easier to plan and more accessible for families who can’t attend in person.

A new web-based music system has been installed which gives families access to a huge music library, enabling loved ones to create their own picture or video tributes online. These can then be automatically sent to the crematorium, rather than having to deliver music or tributes on a CD by hand. The new technology also gives access to a password protected webcast, allowing families anywhere in the world to watch a service or obtain a recording if they are unable to attend in person.

Chairman of North Devon Crematorium Joint Committee, Councillor Jeremy Yabsley, says: “The joint committee wanted to bring the benefits of modern technology to residents of northern Devon. This new system means there is access to virtually any piece of music you would want and you can have a recording of your service, or enable family abroad to watch. On the very first day the equipment was operational, a mourner fell ill and wasn’t able to attend a service. We were very pleased to be able to offer a recording of the service, which meant they were able to feel involved in the service despite being unable to attend.”

Last year North Devon and Torridge District Council, who own and jointly manage the crematorium through the North Devon Crematorium Joint Committee, invested £1.14m in the Rowan Chapel, a new 256 seat chapel at the crematorium.

Manager of North Devon Crematorium, Mark Drummond, says: “Last year we built Rowan Chapel, the largest crematorium chapel in England with over 250 seats, which completely transformed what we could offer at the crematorium. These additional service improvements demonstrate our commitment to constantly improve our service to people in their time of need.”

More information about North Devon Crematorium is available at www.northdevon.gov.uk/crematorium.

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