Two Tips for Those Whose Relative’s Funeral Has Coincided with a Pandemic


If your relative's funeral happens to have coincided with a serious outbreak, these tips should help you and everyone else who attends it to stay safe.

Check if the funeral home can supply a microphone for the burial

Normally, when burials occur, people huddle around the grave whilst the deceased's relatives say a few words about the deceased and lay mementoes on the coffin. However, it might not be possible for those who come to your relative's funeral to stand close together when the burial occurs, due to the need for social distancing measures to be taken. Instead, they may have to spread out and stand several metres apart.

If there are dozens of people in attendance, some may end up standing very far away from the burial site. This could make it hard for them to hear what the relatives say or to follow any instructions given by these people regarding the laying of mementoes. The former might lead to some guests missing out on hearing some very moving and meaningful words that are said and the latter could result in them mistakenly putting an item into the coffin that they should not have (for example, they might put a non-biodegradable item onto a coffin that is being laid in a natural burial ground, where such items are not permitted).

Because of this, it might be sensible to find out if you can borrow a wireless microphone from the funeral home and return it after the burial. Quite a few funeral homes have microphones, as their staff often use them for the in-house funeral services. Obtaining this item will ensure that the words spoken by those leading the burial are heard by everyone, including those who need to stand many metres away from the grave. Whilst you could purchase this piece of tech, it would probably be wiser to simply borrow it from the funeral home, unless you are likely to use it for other purposes after this event.

Do not carpool when travelling to the cemetery

It is common practice for people who go to a funeral service at a funeral home to carpool afterwards when they need to travel to the gravesite. However, in these circumstances, carpooling could endanger the funeral guests. For example, if people from different households travel in the same car and the individuals from one of these households is infected (but is asymptomatic and so is not aware that they have it), everyone who travels inside that car could catch the infection.

As such, whilst it might be inconvenient or more expensive, it is best to encourage people to only travel to the burial site with people from their own household, in their own cars. Additionally, when they reach the cemetery, they should try to leave one empty parking space between each of their vehicles, to ensure that they can maintain their distance whilst they are getting in or out of their cars.

For more information about burials, contact a funeral home.


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