Funerals in Unprecedented Times

If your loved one has died during this very challenging time, you may be wondering whether it’s still possible to have a funeral ceremony for them… a way that seems fitting for you and others to say thank you…celebrate them…say goodbye…

Losing someone can be distressing, at the best of times. In current circumstances it can be particularly traumatic as our usual means to mark the end of their lives with our love can be barred to us – venues such as churches and crematoria offering reduced or restricted services, you yourself or those you’d like to attend might be self-isolating or in quarantine. You might even have been told you cannot spend time with the body of your loved one in the funeral home…

What can be done?

I am offering the following online celebrant services during this time, devised and led with the same sensitive care and attention that I give to all ceremonies arranged face-to-face:

  • An online ceremony via Zoom (video conference facility) that you and others can watch, and take part in, live from the comfort of your own homes via computer, tablet or smartphone. This would be at a mutually agreed time. A recording to keep afterwards is an optional extra. Those without an internet connection may join by landline phone, listen to the audio and contribute verbally. All participants may contribute to the ceremony, as you would do in a face to face ceremony, for example by reading a tribute, playing or singing music or sending me something to read on their behalf.
  • A presentation copy of the ceremony script emailed to you for you to keep as a momento.
  • Ample discussion with you beforehand as we put the ceremony together. These conversations would be by phone, text, email, Zoom, whatever works for us both, so that I can write a unique and beautiful ceremony that reflects the beliefs and values of your loved one and says everything about them that you would like acknowledged and appreciated.

Sally leading a funeral ceremony on Zoomparticipants in an online funeral ceremony

Please feel free to contact me, without obligation, to discuss your requirements.