Honoring a loved one's life through a thoughtfully planned tribute provides a meaningful way for family and friends to reflect on the life of their loved one, support one another and begin the process of grieving.
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has had an unprecedented impact on how we live and work, limiting our ability to interact with others and freely move about in the world. Tragically, it’s also affecting our ability to pay tribute to loved ones who have died.
Unfortunately, if a loved one dies during the pandemic, regardless of the circumstances of their death, it is unlikely that a traditional funeral or memorial service will be possible, at least in the immediate future. There are still things you can do, however, to honor your loved one, or to support someone who has experienced the death of a family member or friend.
Note that funeral homes have local, state and federal guidelines that need to be followed regarding funerals that are held during this time, with some states banning funerals entirely. There are also guidelines that need to be followed when the individual has died, or may have died, of COVID-19. These guidelines are in place to ensure the health and wellbeing of you and your family, funeral home staff and attendees of any funeral or gathering. Things change on a daily basis, so speak with your funeral director for the most up-to-date information.
When someone dies, we have a funeral because it helps us. It’s for those of us who are still here, who need to grieve. It doesn’t need to be like the funerals we’ve experienced before. It can be a beautiful reflection of a life well-lived.
Are funerals for honoring the dead? Or are they to help the living begin to grieve? Funeral directors can help you create a beautiful service that does both. Listen to conversations had by real families and then start your own conversation on RememberingALife.com.
In times of immense loss following a mass-fatality tragedy, funeral directors help families begin to grieve. They also help our communities heal – because tragic loss impacts all of us and calls on us to help and support one another as we begin the grief journey, together.
Losing a loved one to addiction and overdose hurts terribly. It leaves us with many questions, but not many answers. However, coming together with family and friends to honor the life of a loved one, share stories and support one another can help us begin the grief journey.
When a parent dies of an overdose, it can lead to strong emotions, especially among children. Having a funeral gives the family the opportunity to remember their loved one and the good times they had with other family members and friends. A funeral offers a time to gather, grieve and support one another.
We may not always agree with the life decisions made by our loved ones, especially if they involve illegal activity. A funeral provides the opportunity to come together and reflect on a loved one’s entire life history and remember the good times you had together.