During this time of isolation, everything has been impacted: from the approach to groceries, children’s schooling, and travel. Governments are introducing new programs while communities are learning to adjust. At times like this, we hope that people are expressing gratitude to those that assist us with our health care, our food, and all other essential services. Accommodations have been made and neighborhoods have come together. However, in this time where people can be discerning, learning to make judgement calls, there is one thing that rarely discriminates or is considerate of time – and that’s death.
Death knows little bounds and never follows a schedule. Death can visit in the night, in good weather or bad, with or without notice. And, although death never changes, the way we are to observe death and celebrate a life has been gravely affected.
Basic Funerals has been a leader in the industry of providing families with low cost, simple options – giving families the power to celebrate their loved one’s life in their own way and in their own time. Traditional burials are still an option, but with gatherings being limited to immediate family or nothing more than a handful of people, families are choosing differently.
Many funeral homes and celebratory venues such as churches or community halls have been impacted with no one to rent their space for gatherings.
Here is a list of alternative ways to observe death during times of social isolation:
Plan a Virtual Service
With the assistance of technology, a funeral service does not need to be attended in person. Many funeral providers can assist with setting up a recording of the service. Basic Funerals has the option to share a recording through our Obituary Page.
Postpone the Service
Cremation lends itself a great deal of flexibility for planning a service. Unless dictated by faith or personal beliefs, there are no rules regarding when a service needs to take place. A service can work as more of an Anniversary Commemoration as well.
Scattering of Cremated Remains
A small gathering in the outdoors, while observing social distancing of course, can be the perfect setting for a small, yet meaningful scattering ceremony. This affordable option is popular among our nature-loving families. Scattering of cremated remains are permitted on Crown Land, Crown Waters and private property (with the owners’ permission). Consider including flower seeds as a keepsake for those in attendance or other loved ones that may be appreciative of the gesture.
Sentimental Keepsakes for Loved Ones
Some find comfort in the presence of others, while many prefer a small keepsake to treasure. Consider sending photographs, cards, or other ornamental souvenirs reflective of those lost to surviving family and friends.
Organize a Virtual Vigil
Invite those around you to light a candle and listen to a selected playlist at a certain time and day in memory of a loved one. Then invite those participants to share photos of how they observed the vigil on social media with a pre-determined hashtag or on a certain Facebook page.
Eat, Drink, & Be Merry
Share the deceased’s most favourite recipe. Ask everyone to make this special meal on a selected date and to enjoy it with those around them, or alone. Then share those photos and experiences with loved ones via your preferred medium.
Why not pay it forward and donate to a worthy cause in memory of your loved one? Pick a favourite charity and flood them with needed support and stories about what made the person who passed away so special.
Create a Memory Book
Ask for family and friends to send along handwritten stories and memories of your loved one. Include pictures and other keepsakes to put together in a scrapbook for years of comfort and enjoyment.
Experiencing the death of a loved one is a personal journey to be observed in one’s own way – to bring comfort, solace, and peace. Please reach out to speak to our expert Funeral Professionals for guidance and direction.