Large gatherings have been banned all around the world have as large gatherings could spread the COVID-19. However, just because we’re isolated from one another doesn’t mean death and funeral homes in Newtown, PA have stopped.
Is it possible to have cremation or funeral services that honor our lost loved ones when we’re in isolation?
Yes! These are just a few ideas of how you can honor a lost loved one in this time of isolation:
- Outdoor Gatherings – While most indoor gatherings are limited in size or even prohibited, outdoor gatherings are still mostly allowed. This makes it easy and ideal to host a scattering ceremony to scatter your lost loved one’s cremated remains. Invite an appropriate amount of people according to your local guidelines and host the event in an outdoor space large enough for social distancing.
- Charity – If the deceased was committed to a certain cause, why not make donations in their name? You can share the chosen charity on social medias and ask others to participate in the donations to honor your lost loved one.
- Crafts – Ask family, friends, coworkers, and others that knew the deceased to send you photos, stories and handwritten notes. Put them all together into a memory that you can keep for yourself or share on social media. Small keepsakes are often a great source of comfort in times of loss. You can send cards, photographs, jewelry, plants or other keepsakes to those in grief to honor the deceased and give them comfort.
- Cooking – Try cooking the deceased’s favorite meal. Share one of the deceased’s favorite recipes and ask those interested to cook the meal on a certain date and time. Participants can share photos and talk about their various experiences surrounding the cooking and the meal.
- Virtual Services – As technology has made a lot of things easier included staying connected, you can have a virtual ceremony. Thanks to streaming, recording and social media technologies, it’s never been easier to have a virtual funeral or memorial service. Many cremation and funeral providers can assist families with planning and executing a virtual service.
- Virtual Vigils – Vigils have long been a way to honor the deceased, so why not have a virtual one? Invite those that knew and loved the deceased to log onto a Zoom meeting, post photos or videos in a social media group, or even just light a candle and listen to a playlist at a given time.
- Postponement – Finally, cremation allows a lot of flexibility in when a service can be held as the body is not on an embalmment clock. Unless your religion or faith dictate, there are no rules about when a memorial service needs to be held. If you chose, you can cremate your loved one and hold a memorial later on when this crisis has smoothed out.
There are still many ways we can honor our lost loved ones even though we’re apart. Call today to learn more. J. Allen Hooper Funeral Chapel is here to help if you want more tips on Newtown, PA funeral home services. Call today.