Belfast Telegraph

Virtual funeral a net loss to friends

One of the saddest stories of the week had to be the untimely death of the football manager Gary Speed, a man who seemed to have everything.

He was mourned by the Prime Minister David Cameron, who paid tribute to him not by a letter or a press statement but on a " tweet". A "twittering" tribute seems to me rather transitory, and is a sign of the times.

The other day I heard of someone whose funeral service was "streamed" to absent friends on the internet.

Whatever did we do in previous times without such technology, and what is the world coming to?

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