How can I grieve if I cannot see my loved one or other family members?
As we cope with the realities of shelter-at-home orders, travel restrictions, and the “new normal” of social-distancing, funeral attendance has become more challenging- if not impossible in some cases.
So what can we do do comfort each other if we can't attend a visitation and give a hug?
Some ideas could be:
Send a Card – It has never gone out of style to send a sympathy card with a note of thought or prayer. If you don't know the family's address, you may send it to the funeral home, attention “such-and-such family” and we will forward it along.
Make a Phone Call – With many families being restricted to their homes, a few minutes to chat and express your condolences is a good opportunity to share stories, grieve, and have meaningful social contact. Don't forget about Facetime and Skype, either.
Use Our Website – Our website has options to light a virtual candle, leave a message or even upload a picture. Even a brief note letting a family know that you're thinking about them can start the healing process.
Watch for Livestreams – What funerals families do decide to hold, we are hoping to livestream and make available for those of us who would like to attend; albeit virtually.
We know that none of these are perfect solutions. There is no substitute for “being there” in a time of sadness.
What we do hope, is that we can all support each other as best we can during this time and that, when the COVID restrictions are lifted, we appreciate all the more the benefit of community and togetherness.
In the meantime, we'll always be here to help as best we can. Your Servants, Mike & Victor