How to Make Funeral Arrangements During a Pandemic

Monday, September 14, 2020

When it comes to the death of a loved one, how you honor them following their death is important for the grieving process.

Planning a funeral helps us say our final goodbyes with the support of other friends and family. With the CDC recommending group gatherings to be canceled or reduced, it can be difficult to plan the funeral.

You'll be relieved to know that even though guidelines are stricter, you can still plan a beautiful service for your loved one. Keep reading to learn how to make funeral arrangements during a pandemic.


How to Make Funeral Arrangements in the Midst of a Pandemic

While you may not be able to have the type of funeral you imagined for a loved one, there are still plenty of ways to honor that person's life.

Here's how you can plan funeral traditions during a pandemic:

Practice Social Distancing

While the number of attendees for a funeral reception or memorial service will need to be limited, you can still have a very nice service during the pandemic.

When planning a memorial service or a funeral, remember to plan for social distancing. Try to space out any seating that you'll be offering at the events so attendees aren't sitting directly next to each other. Also, if at all possible, try to plan the event outside.

This will keep the attendees separated so you can focus on celebrating the life of your loved one.

Make the Event Virtual

Since the number of people who can gather in a public place is limited, try to set up a virtual event or live stream.

Prioritize which family members or close friends should be at the funeral in person. For the other friends, coworkers, or acquaintances who want to honor the life of your loved one, allow them to watch the service on a live stream.

Ask Attendees to Wear Masks

One of the most crucial parts of gathering in a group, no matter the size, is to wear masks.

As you're sending information about the memorial or funeral service, request that everyone wears a mask. When planning a funeral reception, consider having a box of disposable masks out so attendees can grab one in case they forgot theirs.

Take Proper Cleaning Measures

Keep plenty of bottles of hand sanitizer out for guests to use.

Keep one near the bathroom, one right at the front door (next to the disposable masks), and consider carrying a small bottle in your pocket. Having hand sanitizer readily available in multiple areas of the event will make it easier for everyone to keep their hands clean.

Keep disinfecting wipes on hand so you can wipe door handles as well.

You Can Still Honor the Deceased During the Pandemic

While some arrangements may need to be made to keep all attendees safe, a nice funeral reception and memorial service is still a possibility.

As you brainstorm how to make funeral arrangements during a pandemic, remember to try your best to keep the number down, keep everyone distanced, and stay on top of hygiene. If you need to plan a funeral, browse through our services to start planning the memorial service and funeral reception.

At Schumacher & Benner Funeral Home and Crematory, we want to take care of you and your family in any way possible. Our services include traditional funeral services, celebration of life services, cremations, selection of memorial and headstones, and more. 

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