Mourners who can't pay their respects in person will be able to watch their loved ones cremated via a live video stream over the internet.
For £40, those who cannot be there in person will be given a five-digit code to get access to the service, filmed discreetly from within the crematorium.
Worcester City Council hopes to introduce the offer in the summer. Its cemeteries manager, Ian Yates, said: ‘I’m not sure it’s for all people but it’s an option.’
Alan Jeffrey, a director at Kettering-based Wesley Music, which is behind the technology, said: ‘It’s all very secure and very private. If ever there was any abuse, we would put measures in place to deal with that.’
They're not the first to adopt an online approach to funeral and cremation services - Broxtowe Borough Council in Nottinghamshire announced a similar service in 2009, while a Brazilian funeral home has also taken to broadcasting its services online for the benefit of expats who can't make it back for the event.