Making It Through The Loss Of A Loved One While Having To Social Distance

With strict social distancing orders making their way across the country due to COVID-19 in 2020, people who lost loved ones were faced with new challenges. Normally crowded funeral homes had to keep crowds to more conservative sizes of ten people or less, and many more people opted for cremation over traditional burial because of restrictions on gathering. If you lose a loved one during a pandemic when social distancing is critical, you can expect there to be a lot of differences in how things take place with the funeral home. Here are a few tips to remember to help you make it through the difficult and unique process.

Keep in mind that funeral webcasts allow all relatives to be involved even from a distance. 

Funeral webcasts are available through a lot of modern funeral homes. You can hold the funeral before the cremation and have the funeral home arrange a viewing for everyone. Before the service, all people who wish to attend will be invited to the service through either a private link or by visiting a certain page on the funeral home's website.

Decide if cremation is more logical due to the situation. 

Traditionally, a loved one will make the journey from the funeral home to the cemetery in a hearse while family members follow behind in their own vehicles. Another small gathering would take place graveside, but even this can be restricted during social distancing. While someone can still be traditionally buried during a pandemic and social distancing measures, the process does not look the same and everyone cannot be involved. Cremation allows you to pick up your loved one's remains and save them safely at home, and you can choose to bury them in an urn garden at a later date when everyone can be together again.

Stay in touch with loved ones using social media. 

Losing a loved one is always hard, and the time you spend with your loved ones during this time can sure take some of the sting out of the loss. While having to social distance during the loss of a loved one, do what you can to keep in touch with everyone to help one another through. Have social media watch parties involving home movies and videos, create a social media space where everyone can share their pictures and memories, and even host a group conference on a video conferencing app just to get everyone together.

For more information about cremation services, contact a funeral home like American Cremation Society (Ridgemoor Chapels).