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While we are currently in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, how funerals are conducted has changed in order to conform with various restrictions imposed by governing bodies. The Center for Disease Control & Prevention states that virtual funerals offer the lowest risk of transmission of Covid-19. In a lot of cases, when funeral attendance is limited due to Covid-19 restrictions, an alternative to attending in-person is a virtual funeral where attendees can watch the funeral online. This is not new and not entirely due to Covid-19. This has been an option for quite a while, though not as widely available as it is now. With the world getting smaller due to the ease of international travel and the probability of people moving far away from home increasing, the need for online streaming of events has climbed exponentially.
Virtual funerals are important in order to help people ‘virtually’ attend a funeral. Attendance at a funeral is a significant part of the grieving process and helps people say their final goodbye while surrounded by others sharing the same emotions. When one cannot attend a funeral, it deprives them the opportunity to take that step in dealing with their grief.
With the occurrence of Covid-19, the necessity for the option of virtual attendance has been made even more clear. Fear of the transmission of infection in addition to imposed restrictions, has prevented people from attending funerals and even hospitals to visit dying loved ones.
The option of a virtual funeral depends on the location where the funeral is held and whether they have set up an internet connection and the hardware to stream it. High quality streaming of a funeral will have audio connections in addition to visual. The widespread access to the internet and streaming devices has made the implementation simpler and more worthwhile.
Difficulties associated with virtual funerals include the use of multiple locations and travel between them. As an example, a funeral home may have an internet connection and associated hardware but the cemetery will most likely not. Mobile streaming devices may not have a sufficient signal to supply a continuous stream of the funeral service while in a remote location.
When complications prevent streaming of a funeral, an alternative is to have a filmographer record the event and post it online following the event. It may not be ideal, but will certainly help the attendee feel like they experienced the event. To many people, filming a funeral service may seem odd, but for those who cannot attend, it could be very helpful in their healing process.
Although online attendance is an excellent alternative, it is not as immersive as the funeral itself. In order to help the attendees feel a more fulfilled experience, there are a few things you can do to help improve the experience and make the funeral more personalised:
The grieving process relies heavily on communication with others. The Covid-19 pandemic has made this much more difficult, especially for those living alone. In order to help with grieving during Covid-19 restrictions, here are some steps you can take:
Yes. We, like any funeral director should, strive to remove as much of the burden as possible in organizing a funeral. We will do all we can to help you arrange a funeral the way you want it. With decades of experience in funeral services, we can help you personalise each funeral to be the experience you imagine it should be.