Planning a Funeral or Memorial Service during the COVID Pandemic
Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Funeral and Memorial Services
It’s never easy to say a final goodbye to a loved one, especially when the realities of planning funeral and memorial services and estate-related administration come into play.
In 2020, the unprecedented global impact of the response to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) completely disrupted most of the world’s populations and this includes basic things like going to work, taking care of the sick, and of course also planning of funeral or memorial services.
Funeral Industry Response to Arrangements
Global lockdown regulations have forced a different approach to daily life. Many loved ones for example are unable to travel regionally and across borders as travel restrictions are still in effect in most territories. Group gatherings are also severely limited or prohibited all together.
To ensure that your dearly departed is afforded a dignified sendoff, we need to consult the experts that know how to manage this change as we plan a funeral service during these unique times.
Why It’s Important to Make Use of a Professional Funeral and Bereavement Services Provider
According to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, both family and professional funeral and bereavement service providers need to take extra precautions when someone has passed away and funeral arrangements need to be undertaken. This is because the ministry is trying to make sure that everyone, especially people with compromised immune systems, remain as safe as possible.
The ministry has developed a comprehensive COVID-19 Guidance: Funeral and Bereavement Services protocol to ensure that families, friends, and providers can all plan and execute all duties needed during the passing of someone within the safest possible manner.
Providers such as us here at The Elephas Group offer the public well-structured service offerings like Final Needs Planning that not only comply with established guidelines, but also help the people grieving to have the necessary tools that guide them during difficult times.
An Online Funeral Service That Brings Everyone Together During Covid-19 Restrictions
Traditionally, funerals / memorial services are a time to come together and pay respects to the life of the individual that has passed away. It is a human-centric event that helps everyone involved to gain some closure. In 2020 however, group gatherings were halted due to governmental health guidance set aside for individuals and health-related providers during this time.
Technology Helping to Bring Us Together While Staying Apart
Family and friends scattered all around the world attending a funeral service is not always possible, and now more so due to the global pandemic. Fortunately, however, technology has the ability to bring us together in a way that would have been impossible just a few short years ago.
Online tools like Skype, Zoom, Google Meet make it easy to get together, but don’t always provide us with everything that needs to be planned before, during, and after an online service. This is why it’s important to trust in providers that can guide you.
Trusting the Experts to Help Plan
The Elephas Group has an online funeral planning guide with built in guidance features that help you gather all the necessary information, guest list, religious preferences, and other important things needed to help make your service run smoothly.
Funeral Planning When It Comes to Travel
Sometimes we can lose someone special far away from home. This is why it’s important to know that providers like The Elephas Group cover travel-related expenses for the deceased and their partner via our Travel Protection Plan with a wide range of specialists to help navigate the logistics on your behalf.
What to Do after the Funeral
As soon as all proceedings are concluded and you’ve given your dearly departed a dignified send-off, we suggest using the experience as a way to plan for the future. This will afford you and your loved ones with carefully considered solutions aimed at giving everlasting peace of mind.
Reaching out to the experts will allow you to make the right decisions now so that you or your loved ones do not have to be burdened with such matters again during a time of loss and need.