5 Tips To Plan A Funeral Even With Coronavirus Worries

Planning a funeral is never enjoyable. But during the pandemic of 2020, it has an added dimension of complexity — the need to practice social distancing while grieving a loved one.

Even through funeral services are operating as an essential service of your community, you may want to take some creative steps to ensure everyone can mourn in a safe but necessary manner. Here are a few ways to do just that.

1. Arrange Virtual Attendance. Many mourners will not be able to travel long distance for a funeral right now. They may also be concerned about attending a gathering. Fortunately, modern technology allows you to include them virtually, usually through video-conferencing services. Talk with the funeral planning experts about video options, locations, and monitors or equipment they may have in place.

2. Record Messages. Many funerals include loved ones sharing a personal message, a reading, or a tribute to the one who passed away. Everyone can still participate in this whether or not they attend in person. Have friends and family record something meaningful and transmit it digitally to one designated family coordinator. If someone is unsure how to use technology to do this, have them call in or use video to deliver their tribute in real time. 

3.  Extend and Stagger Times. If many people will be able to attend a memorial in person, consider allowing extra time so that people can come at intervals while avoiding forming a crowd. Ask different families, for instance, to arrive at the viewing at pre-arranged times. You may also be able to arrange a second viewing session and ask people to let you known their preferred choice. Staggering arrivals and departures ensures everyone can participate safely.  

4. Use Larger Facilities. The more space people have, the better than can practice social distancing. Rather than using a smaller venue for the memorial or viewing, look for a big, open space. If there are more pews, for instance, attendants can seat families apart from one another. And rather than forming a ling for the viewing, people can stay a respectful distance while they wait. 

5. Consider the Outdoors. A graveside memorial may be an ideal choice for 2020. With no doors, walls, or surfaces to touch and warm sunshine above, guests risk less exposure to viruses. And they have space to practice social distancing. Sanitize the items brought to the graveside service (such as chairs or tables) before and after use. 

While no one wants to have to plan a funeral, it is a necessary and ultimately beneficial part of the grieving process. And even in a global pandemic, it can be done in a way that keeps everyone safe and helps them to move on. Want more ideas? Talk to an experienced funeral home in your area today.