Social distancing is something that is all around us. It can be put in place for a number of reasons, including illness in the family, flu season, and other related issues. If you are facing the need to plan funeral services for a loved one, you may be wondering what options are available to maintain social distancing guidelines while also allowing family members and friends to pay final respects. Here are a few of the options to consider and how they can benefit your plans and goals for upcoming funeral services.
Live-Streamed Funeral Services
The funeral service that may work best for you to keep social distancing in mind as well as family and friends is a live stream option. Many funeral homes offer this option and can help you decide if you want the service live-streamed, with a recording kept online for a specific number of days. You can also choose whether you want a scrolling chat room for people to pay their respects and if you want this done during the wake and the funeral service as well. You may also be given an option to stream the graveside service.
Scheduled Viewing Times
Instead of having a traditional funeral service, you may want to go with a scheduled visitation service. What this does is allow a specific number of people to come in and view the body or pay respects. Visitors can stay for a specific amount of time that you set. The times can be within a specific range. Anyone that arrives will be escorted in and out. Certain medical and safety precautions may be required depending on your location and the medical issue causing the need for social distancing, so keep that in mind.
A closed service is a more traditional service that limits the number of people attending. You will need to work with your funeral director to determine seating, the number of people that can attend, and other related information. This option means you are kept to a list of specific people that can be admitted into the funeral. In many cases, invitations can be sent, and RSVPs or some form of contact confirming the person's attendance for the funeral service may be required.
Remember to discuss the options available to you with your funeral director. Most directors will offer these options. You may also find the funeral directors have other options that work well. If you are unsure of how you want to move forward, consider contacting your funeral director and setting up a consultation to discuss your concerns and what they have that may work for you and your family during this difficult time.
For more information about funeral services, reach out to a local funeral home.