Funeral Planning Tips for During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted by: Erin Ward in Funeral Planning Resources | July 9, 2021
Funeral planning isn’t an easy task, and the restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic make it even more difficult. However, it’s still possible to have a meaningful funeral service while social distancing. The funeral profession is known for adapting to change, so we just need to get a little creative.

To make things a little easier, here are some tips for funeral planning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Look into Live Streaming the Funeral or Having a Drive-Through Service


Right now, live streaming funerals is the new normal for the funeral profession. It’s a solution that allows family and friends to come together virtually in real-time, all while keeping everyone safe. It also lets people watch the service later if they can’t watch it live.

Some funeral homes are even taking it a step further by offering drive-through funeral services. Or, like a drive-in movie theater, they’re projecting the funeral service on a large screen for families to watch from their cars.

When funeral planning, talk with your funeral director to see what options are possible and brainstorm other creative solutions.

Make the Most of Video Chatting Tools


Tools like Zoom or Google Hangouts are great for hosting virtual funeral receptions. This way, everyone can still come together to express their condolences and share stories about your loved one. You also can have a virtual toast to honor your loved one’s life.

To make it more personalized, everyone can choose a food or drink that reminds them of your loved one. Then, everyone can go around and share what they chose and why.

Consider Sending Loved Ones a Memento


At in-person funeral services, many families choose to give the funeral guests a small gift. This is just a little something special for honoring and remembering a loved one. You can still do this by sending guests a gift virtually or in the mail.

For example, a virtual gift can be a digital cookbook of your loved one’s recipes or a meaningful poem. Or, a simple gift you can mail is a packet of flower seeds. Then, everyone can share photos of their bloomed flowers.

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