This post belongs to a three-part series:
- How to Live Stream a Funeral or Memorial 📍 You are here
- What do you need to live stream?
- How to fix common live streaming problems
Funeral directors are adapting to keep up with the ever-changing times. The traditional way of holding a funeral service can’t satisfy the needs of communities anymore and new, creative ways to include everyone are emerging.
Live streaming funerals is an easy, affordable way to improve your funeral home offerings.
Today I will show you a simple way to broadcast private services without worrying about your video being blocked by Facebook Live or YouTube. Worried about technical problems? We will address them too.
If you prefer to watch a video, here's a short summary of everything you need to know:
What do you need to follow this brief guide?
You will need the following:
- A mobile device: Tablet or Smartphone.
- An internet connection
- 5 or 10 minutes to try it
With your tools at hand, let's get started.
How does live streaming work?
Live streaming, also known as broadcasting or webcasting, allows you to "record" a service and share it with families in real-time. All it requires is an internet connection and a platform that provides the viewers the opportunity to attend.
Today, you will learn how to broadcast using your phone or tablet and a mobile app. It works on Apple devices as well as Android ones.
Live Streaming a Funeral, Step by Step
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- Download the live streaming app on your mobile device. The link works for both Android & iOS.
- Open the App and Sign In to your account.
- Create an Event: Fill the Event Name and Date
- Optional: You can now Customize your Event: Modify the event link, upload a photo or slideshow of the deceased, and add a pinned message to the Guestbook or Tribute wall.
- Optional: Add Donations or "Send Flowers" links to the event.
- Share the Event Link: On the Obituary, Facebook page, or anywhere the family can have access to it.
- Optional: To optimize your viewing page, you can add your funeral home logo and website within your profile settings.
- When you're ready to start live streaming, press "Go Live" on your event page. You can start up to one hour before the scheduled time.
Tips for a Successful Live Streaming Experience
- Run a free test on location to verify your connection. EventLive app allows you to run unlimited free tests.
- Have a backup connection in place: WiFi can be unstable at some churches or outdoor locations. Having an unlimited data plan on your mobile device or hotspot will guarantee a successful live stream.
- Set your recording device on a tripod. It will make the whole experience more enjoyable to viewers and it will minimize connectivity problems.
- Verify your audio when the location doesn't have a sound system in place. You might need a microphone to improve your sound.
After trying how it works, continue reading about the things you need to run a successful live stream on the next part of this guide.