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The Internet is a Dying Business in Davao

Accuse my joke, but with any sense of humor you will understand it in the following article.

Yesterday when driving home, we were stopped by a long motorcade. Many of the vehicles were hearses. The motorcade took many minutes to pass.

Well this morning in the Sun Star there was an article about the new St. Peters Chapel, its first modern and biggest memorial chapel facility in Mindanao. They feature 11 viewing rooms and the biggest can handle up to 150 visitors.

Here in the Philippines, there is a custom to have family or close friends in the chapel 24 hours a day for all the days of the Wake. The culture here remembers and honors the dead.

They go to the cemetery on the persons birthday and on All Saints and All Souls Day will go with the family and clean the area, repaint the monument, bring food and beverages, and some even spend the night there. In the past year they have made loud music and alcoholic beverages and fireworks illegal.

The part of the new Chapel that caused my joke in the title is the whole facility will have free wifi.

They will also offer a service of e-burial. A modern way of paying tribute, it is a free 24-hour online service that allows families of the departed to view real-time their loved one’s wake through the Internet.

This online service uses a 180-degree vantage point of the funeral viewing.
“St. Peter is the pioneer in this online service,”

I never enjoyed going to funeral chapels and try not to view the person that has passed. I always prefer to remember the person alive and do not want a memory of them in a casket.

Now you can chat, work on blogs or shop online while you are showing respect.

24 Responses to “The Internet is a Dying Business in Davao”

  1. Palawan says:

    HAHAHAH….and only in the Philippineshahahaha…I will tell this to family owns a funeral service company in cebu..hehehehe

  2. ceblogger says:

    the dead can go online! haha. innovation indeed.

  3. Vicki says:

    Unbelievable! What will they think of next? It’s bad enough when people continue to use their cell phones in Mass once a week, now this. It may be a sign of the times, but there is no way this can be considered paying your respects to the departed.

  4. Mindanao Bob says:

    Hi Bruce – Last year when Feyma’s mother died, they used St. Peter’s Chapel in GenSan for the funeral. The GenSan branch already had the Webcam viewing available. It is actually great, because a number of family members who live and work overseas were able to view Mama over the net, and if there was no webcam service, they would have missed it. I understand that such viewings are different than our culture, but when you have a culture when about 15% of the people are working overseas, this is really a good thing for them.

  5. Palawan says:

    Bruce, I am at st. Peter’s hahaha..

  6. bloggista says:

    Ohhh, so maybe they can also now offer Online Mortician course. They can run a blog and provide helpful tips like 10 ways to clean the small intestine, or 15 helpful tips in cutting a dead man’s chest.

    I don’t go to wakes, and I can’t imagine seeing the dead in my computer at wee hours of the night.

    • Bruce says:

      I think we have carried this a little far and getting into areas not too nice.
      I do agree with Bob about the fact that OFW’s, even though they are far from home can still be able to go to the wake and in someway be part of the wake and services and get closure in their minds and show respect to the family.

  7. *lynne* says:

    This whole wake thing is such a foreign concept to me. I’m fortunate to not have lost too many relatives, for one thing. Also, Muslims are required their dead as soon as possible, preferably within 24hrs of the death. Instead of a wake prior to burial, Muslims hold a 3 day mourning period, usually marked (in Malaysia, anyway) by kendurifor three nights, where the family holds prayers then hosts food and visitors offer condolences. I’ve only been half-involved in one funeral back in the mid-90’s. Don’t remember much :p

    • Bruce says:

      Thanks for commenting, I know your a regular reader but you do not comment often.
      With all the middle east problems, it is interesting how the Muslim and Jewish faith are similar.
      In the jewish faith you have the burial within 48 hours of the death. Then there is the ritual called Shiva or sitting Shiva. It usually lasts for 7 days but in more recent times it is reduced to just a few. It is held in a close relatives home and the friends and family come to pay their respects. In very conservative homes, the immediate family sit on wooden stools, all the mirrors are covered to remove vanity.
      Also no grave stone is placed until sometime in the future. This gives the family to grieve and become comfortable with the loss. Then you go to the cemetary for the “unveiling” of the marker.

  8. Mommy R says:

    Wow! The article really did amaze me. Only in the Philippines!

    • Bruce says:

      Mommy R,
      I do not think this new feature is exclusive to the Philippines but a new learning to me. Technology is moving so fast, what can we imgine new in the future?

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