Although life has begun to return to normal, many things have changed due to the threat of the COVID-19 virus. Some states are still restricting gatherings of over ten people, which can make planning a funeral service difficult. Fortunately, funeral homes are adapting to meet the needs of clients during these unusual times. Here are four things you can do when trying to plan a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic:
1. Check local regulations.
Each state has the power to determine its own safety regulations regarding the coronavirus. Before planning your funeral service, check the guidelines in your state. Make sure there are no bans on gatherings before making your arrangements. Outdoor gatherings may be safer since there's more room for air to circulate outdoors. If you aren't set on having the funeral service at a certain location, consider having a graveside ceremony instead.
2. Invite close family and friends.
It's easier to maintain the requisite six foot distance from other people when the funeral service is less crowded. Keep the funeral home from getting too packed by only inviting close family and friends. Traveling can be dangerous during this time, so you may want to avoid inviting people from out of town. Give people ample notice so they can make the appropriate arrangements for childcare and taking time off work.
3. Offer remote-access to people who can't be present in person.
Funerals are an important part of the grieving process for many people. Funerals can give people a sense of closure as they say their last goodbyes to their deceased loved one. If you'd like to offer that sense of closure to as many people as possible without breaking social distancing requirements, you can set up remote-viewing options. Modern technology makes connecting via the internet simple. Delegate someone to record the funeral service on their phone or video camera. If you use a smartphone, you can livestream the service so people can watch it at home in real-time.
4. Communicate with the funeral director.
The funeral director of a funeral home oversees all the day-to-day operations. They also communicate with families to plan cremations, viewing ceremonies, and funeral services. If you have any questions while planning your funeral, call or email the funeral director. They will let you know about any special protocols that must be followed, such as mask-wearing. They can also offer guidance if you feel overwhelmed at any point during the planning process.
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