Easy Ways to Adapt Your Funeral Customs During The COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced so much about our everyday lives to change, and funerals are no exception. Religious customs can also be affected. USA Today’s article outlines how different churches and religions have adapted funeral services during this time.
Virtual Video Production and Live Stream Funeral Services
One of the easiest ways to make funeral services COVID safe is by transitioning to an online service. Many Christian and Catholic religious leaders read sermons over Zoom or live stream in order to bring scripture into the funeral service. Priests have even gone so far as to provide Eucharist of bread and wine to virtual attendees so they can participate in the practice at home.
Jewish rabbis have also begun partially holding Shiva online. Shiva is the seven day mourning period that proceeds a Jewish funeral. Instead of meeting in person, friends and family can log onto a stream to share stories about the lost loved one and give their condolences.
Regardless of religion, the Center for Disease Control highlighted these precautions to take when planning a funeral service.
- Discuss specific modifications with clergymen or funeral directors.
- Hold graveside service only.
- Limit the chance of cross contamination by skipping food and beverage. Alternatively, create individual pre-portioned meals that can be passed out to guests.
- Avoid sharing vehicles if attendees don’t live in the same household.
- Limit hugging and kissing, especially if the passing was due to complications as a result of COVID-19
Though it can be even more upsetting to have to change funeral practices, there are ways to make the process easier. One way is to hire a virtual funeral production company like Transcendent Enterprise. When you hire a production company, they can take care of details like setting up a live stream and managing virtual attendees.
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Article Written By: Connie Cone Sexton | Featherstitch
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