The loss of a loved one and funeral planning is always difficult, and in the wake of a pandemic, the process can be even more complicated. The COVID-19 pandemic has touched everyone in different ways, and in times of uncertainty, understanding how to plan a funeral with the new distancing and other rules can help make this difficult time a little easier.
Can COVID-19 Victims Have A Funeral?
Yes, a family member can have a funeral, and the deceased's wishes can be incorporated into the service. Burial and cremation are both still options for the deceased. At this time, there is no reason to believe that loved ones are at risk of catching the virus from being in the same room as the deceased.
Consider A Virtual Funeral
While COVID-19 is still spreading, social distancing and wearing masks is important in reducing the spread, especially in those most vulnerable. There are funeral service options you may want to consider to keep everyone safe.
Virtual funeral services are a good option. This can include working with funeral directors to create an online streaming service to allow families to attend the end of life events remotely. This may also include video conferencing software that allows funeral attendees to share condolences and stories, even if they can't be in the same room.
Consider Scheduled Visitation
If family members feel more comfortable actually attending the service in-person to pay their final respects. Scheduled visitation times are an excellent way to practice social distancing and limit crowds. This allows closure for those who feel the need to see the deceased and say goodbye in person.
Consider Graveside Services
Graveside services are held in the place of burial and outdoors. This allows for better social distancing for those attending instead of sitting side by side in the funeral home. Graveside services are generally shorter in duration than a traditional funeral service, which also helps reduces the risk of spreading COVID-19.
No matter what funeral service you and your family decide to plan, remember to follow all the safety guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This includes not attending any type of service while sick or experiencing possible COVID-19 symptoms.
Masks are also essential if social distancing is not possible. Handing out masks at the door is always an option to ensure the safety of all those who attend.
Adjusting to new circumstances doesn't have to hinder your ability to give a loved one a nice funeral to say goodbye. Just remember to take safety precautions into consideration when planning the service. Funeral service directors can assist with this as well. Contact a funeral home for more information.