The pandemic brought about a lot of change in the way that we interact with our world. Death rates continue to rise as the pandemic progresses and how we conduct funerals continue to be a significant concern for many families.
All funerals around the world currently hold two things in common –
➢ Dignity and respect for the dead
➢ Public health concerns due the spread on Covid 19.
In many cities such as Brisbane, simple and direct cremations becoming a more common form of service, with most funeral companies changing their concerns to the safety of the public’s health during these troubling times.
A moment of grief
Grief has been a shared retreat in the eyes of the loved ones of the deceased since the very beginning of time. Funerals have always been carried out to bring together all the significant individuals in the lives of those that once were, to allow the community to come together in shared mourning.
However, due to the current restrictions of COVID-19, funerals have been restricted to significant members of the family only. The restrictions and nature of these funerals only increases the emotional impact on those left behind. The fear of dying alone has now sadly come true to an extent.
The preparation of the funeral
Before the current pandemic occurred, funeral companies were responsible for the preparation of the the deceased and funeral only. However, due to the pandemic, many funeral companies are now taking responsibility for the health of the living as well.
Funeral preparations have changed significantly, as there is a requirement for personal protective equipment (PPE) to be used by any individual that handles the body.
Friends and family are not allowed to touch or get too close to the body, with most of the work being done by the workers of a funeral home. Even though it has been a deeply troubling time, it is integral for us to give the dead the dignity and respect they deserve.
Will things get better?
While many blame the pandemic on an tragic year, others are beginning to cope with the new reality that has now emerged. It is evident that this disease is not going away anytime soon.
Realistically, even if we were to find a vaccine of the disease soon enough, there’s no telling how long it will take for the damage done to be repaired. The Coronavirus pandemic has affected the economy, the socio-political framework of society, the ecological state of the world and lastly, the mental stance of an entire generation (if not generations).
Although we can hope for things to get better, there could be a hint of positivity waiting by the door. People are being kinder and doing as much as they can to volunteer and help in these circumstances.
Even though funerals aren’t the same as they used to be, the dignity and respect for the dead has grown deeper in the hearts of families, with many even implementing the custom of bowing to give their respects as a hearse passes by their homes.
At eziFunerals, we hold a single goal of making this time of grief slightly more comfortable for you as you lean on a shoulder that you can trust. For more information on how we can help you at this time of need, reach out to us via phone or email, now.
We will get through this together – call us now or visit us at www.ezifunerals.com.au.
eziFunerals supports individuals and families cope with end of life decisions, death and funerals. We are an independent, Australian-owned and operated company. We are not part of any other funeral company. We do not conduct funerals.
Our member Funeral Directors are chosen for their knowledge, quality, service, personalisation and experience. They go above and beyond, and will take the time to support the family.
For more information or to make contact with a trusted Independent funeral director, call eziFunerals on 1300 236 402 or visit www.ezifunerals.com.au.