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Online Services for the Dead

ripEven the dead can benefit from online services. This may sound a little spooky or an early Halloween post. Or is it really early? October na kaya!

About 3 months ago (Don’t get me wrong, I did not intend to save this as a Halloween post haha! It’s just that I only remembered this now), I saw a big billboard somewhere in QC promoting the funeral house’s new service—the E-LIBING. If we already have email, e-delivery, e-cards, e-games, and other online services like ordering plane tickets online, buying and paying for stuff online, even donating online, why not have an online service for our deceased loved ones.

This E-LIBING, offered by St. Peter Chapels allows the family, relatives, and friends who cannot attend the funeral to view the final rites and interment of their loved ones. The E-LIBING complements the other service which is the E-BUROL. E-BUROL enables the family, relatives, and friends to view the wake of their dear ones. These two services let people from anywhere in the country and outside the Philippines to view and be with their loved ones even for the last time, even just on line.

Now, are online services getting better? 🙂

  1. keren
    October 15, 2009 at 8:22 am

    quite funny and freaky at the same time. it gets me thinking on how new social media really affects our lives in different ways. hm…

    • Dominique Anne
      October 15, 2009 at 9:09 am

      you’re right, it affects us in different ways. anyway, it’s good thing even people outside the country can now see the last moments of their loved ones via net.

  2. October 16, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Yep, I had also seen the posters and billboards that you are saying about E-libing.

    That is an ingenious way of uniting the whole clan when someone died in the family. You know the Filipino culture, clan reunions happen only every Christmas and when someone died in the Family.

    E-libing fits right to the Filipino way of living. We are all scattered all over the world that it is very hard for us to visit our dead loved ones. The internet is a good venue to reunite us with family and friends.

    Good innovation from St. Peter.

    • Dominique Anne
      October 17, 2009 at 7:08 pm

      According to St. Peter, they are the first to offer that kind of services.
      Filipinos find a way to visit their deceased loved ones no matter where part of the country or world they will come from. Of course, these services will now give them an option.

  3. October 16, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Personally visiting a funeral is more personal. Moreover, viewing an online digital stream of an interment is void of emotions for me. Haha. I’m one touchy boy! 😉

    • Dominique Anne
      October 17, 2009 at 7:12 pm

      Nothing can really replace the “pakikiramay” we show personally. But distance and money matters may hinder people from delivering “pakikiramay” personally esp when they have to come from remote areas and out of the country. hehe!

      • jorron monroy
        October 20, 2009 at 4:19 am

        if it’s a remote area, they wouldn’t have internet connection (if they even have computers, HAHA) I know, evil me.

    • jorron monroy
      October 20, 2009 at 4:17 am

      You won’t touch the deceased, would you? I get the creeps whenever i’m in front of a casket, and so would I when it’s online. No void of emotions for me. Haha.

  4. Ace Acosta
    October 16, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    the E-libing is so weird..but in fairness to st.peter, it is very convenient for those who can’t attend funeral services and I commend St.peter for that innovation…BUT IT STILL FIND IT WEIRD!hehehe!

    • Dominique Anne
      October 17, 2009 at 7:14 pm

      haha! who wouldn’t find it weird esp when it’s your first time to see that? it’s just that we’re not used to it but like what you said, it’s convenient for friends and relatives who can’t attend the final rites of their loved ones.

  5. shie
    October 18, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    nik!!!!!!!! hehehe i miss you!!! along q.ave there’s a company offering online burol HAHAHA i think it’s creepy 😐

    • Dominique Anne
      October 18, 2009 at 11:23 pm

      I miss you too shie!! hehe! It may really sound creepy but for others it may seem convenient.

      thanks for visiting my blog!

  6. jorron monroy
    October 20, 2009 at 4:23 am

    First of, I never had anyone dear to me dead. And so I can not talk about how new social media could have possibly destroyed a Filipino culture. Second, I never really looked at anyone inside a casket, it gives me the chills, and so would it even if it was online. It’s actually more scary seeing a dead person ion your monitor. Well, anyways, it just gets to show how everything is convenient, and how everything is distant.


  7. Dominique Anne
    October 20, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    that’s insightful, jorron! hehe! On the other hand, there are still people who would like to see the dead person (probably he/she’s dear to them) even for the last time. And I think these services is very much like chatting over the net and using a webcam. It’s just that this time, a dead person inside a casket is seen but of course you also get to see the living people around. I also think that view is not a close up one of the dead. So it’s not really creepy after all if you are viewing a very dear friend, relative, or family.=)

  8. commandgetme
    October 26, 2009 at 12:56 am

    E BUROL? I believe that the reason you go to a wake is to pay final respect to the dead, this one’s convenient and creepy too. haha.

  9. October 27, 2009 at 2:32 am

    Its very weird that even our most personal deeds can be done through the new technologies we have now. Moreover, its very sad that people are so lazy visiting our dead love ones, they actually wanted to do it through the net! Brrr.

    • October 27, 2009 at 1:41 pm

      Hmmm, it’s not always about being lazy, as pointed, distance is a big issue, like if the relatives are abroad and does not have the means to come here to the Philippines. This makes the strategy convenient for them. It’s still creepy in some sense though.

  10. imthatnicegirl
    October 27, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    I can honestly say this creeped me out. Big time. Why would anyone want to broadcast the dead online? Doesn’t RIP mean anything anymore? @_@

  11. barrycade
    October 27, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    i saw this e-libing service featured several times on TV. i thought this is great for OFWs who can’t go home for funeral services. if we can do skype for chitchat, why not for funeral services indeed? 🙂

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