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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Today's Mourning Becomes Electric

TRENTON, New Jersey -- Sometimes a death in the family brings guilt as well as grief because far-flung relatives cannot travel to the funeral. The solution: services uploaded live onto the Internet.

Modern realities demanded a modern solution, said Jack Martin, president of Simplex Knowledge Co., the White Plains, New York-based outfit behind the cyberfuneral concept. "Everyone walks around with a tremendous amount of guilt when they can't attend funerals," he said Friday.

Michael Lathrop of Largo, Florida, who writes about the Internet for Today in Funeral Service magazine was surprised such a site wasn't developed sooner. With funeral attendance waning, the time seems right, he said.

"It kind of depersonalizes it, but it's better than missing it," Lathrop said.

As of Friday, none of some three dozen funeral homes that had been contacted about the service had actually committed to the $6,500 introductory offer. Prices are expected to climb to $10,000 once the service gets established.

Simplex Knowledge Co.'s Internet address is