How to plan a post-COVID-19 memorial service
The pandemic has changed many things, including memorial services. These celebrations of life must now follow specific guidelines to ensure those in attendance stay healthy and safe. While there is not set time for a return to normal life, we can hope that the rules surrounding funeral celebrations will become more and more flexible. The team at Belvedere Cemetery and Funeral Complex, located on the West Island near Vaudreuil, have put together some tips to help you plan a post-pandemic memorial service.
Be prepared for rejections
Certain guests may decline to attend the memorial service for a variety of reasons. For example, they may be uncomfortable being in large groups or have health limitations. Therefore, you should give guests the option to participate in different ways like offering words of comfort, placing a keepsake near the deceased or attending a video broadcast of the service.
Get help from the funeral home
It’s a good idea to meet with a professional from your funeral home to plan your loved one's funeral service. This will ensure you plan a celebration that’s in accordance with current health and safety regulations. The funeral director will be up to date with the latest restrictions and how they could affect your ceremony.
Additionally, the funeral director will inform your guests of the date and time of the memorial service on your behalf. This can be done through email, a public obituary or a post on the funeral home’s website. Finally, they’ll work with you to help you select every detail for the service including the decor, food and more.
Communicate with your guests
Whether you’re organizing the service on your own or with the help of loved ones or a funeral director, there are a few things you need to tell your guests in advance. For starters, you must let them know where the funeral service will take place and how many people are expected to attend. In addition, it’s a good idea to let your guests know if they’ll have to practise physical distancing and if comforting gestures like hugs are allowed.
At Belvedere Cemetery and Funeral Complex on the West Island near Vaudreuil, our team is committed to providing you with funeral services tailored to your needs. We want to help you celebrate the life of your loved one by planning a memorial service that’s adapted to the ever-changing pandemic restrictions. Contact us to learn more.