can't speak to all experiences, the guy was invited to view the funeral for an article he was writing so it would have been part of his research.
I can see this as a good thing. Sometimes people cannot make it to a funeral of a loved one or relative and this would give them access to the service. When my son's sister-in-law died of cancer her mom and adoptive dad could not go to the funeral because she was in the hospital due to breaking her hip the day before the funeral. A live stream of the funeral would have meant a lot to them. We already are accustom to watching funerals of famous people on television so I don't think this is necessarily about desensitizing us to death or devaluing people. You don't attend funerals to exploit people. (unless you attend Westboro Baptist) Will some abuse it, sure, but that doesn't mean it can't be a valuable tool to help those whose loved one or relative have died and gives them an opportunity to be "at" the funeral they would have otherwise have missed.
Dolores wrote: Well, I have a prayer request..that gives me assurance that His hand will be on him.
Will pray that God in His grace will grant him wisdom and safety. That That he will follow the counsel of Solomon and when sinners entice him he would not consent. Also, that He would calm your understandable concerns in this matter and give your grace to trust the God in whose hand are all our ways. God bless.
14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
The Bible also reminds us you cannot serve two masters. Why would I want to be part of a church that persecuted, tortured and condemned those who were the true followers of Christ?