Elizabeth and Lesley, authors of this website, have come up with some solutions and ideas to help you when you are not able to hold a funeral for your loved one.
In these difficult times, with the global spread of the coronavirus, many countries have banned gatherings as we try to halt the disease. Lots of these gatherings are important to us, but the loss of a funeral, on top of the normal stresses of grief, is a huge additional burden to shoulder.
As we go through life, in every society, we have rituals that mark the passage of time and the milestones we reach. We have gatherings and ceremonies for birth, christenings, school leaving, graduations, engagement, marriage, anniversaries and finally funerals. Funerals are the final ritual of a life, marking the passing of a loved one and honouring their life. As such they are hugely important to us.
They are a time to look back and remember all the milestones and achievements of that person’s life. It’s a time to come together and grieve and renew relationships we will need into the future. It’s a time to reflect and mourn, and to create a ritual that we can remember and treasure as our tribute to our loved one.
So what happens when this is taken away from us. You might not be able to hold a funeral for your loved one, or you might not be able to go to a funeral which you wanted to attend due to travel bans or long distances.
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