"A Mourning Moment - COVID-19"
Sharing with permission from my friend and grief expert, Bob Willis...
Many of my friends are funeral directors. For over 40 years I have worked side by side with them to serve families at a time of loss. I have great respect for their services.
COVID-19 has changed the world around us. It has changed the funeral process. Deaths are occurring at an alarming rate. Laws now determine the number of people who can attend a funeral. No more than 10 people, and must be on the "list" or you are turned away. This can create family tension and stress, and definitely complicates the grieving process. Attending the funeral, viewing and touching the body...are part of the acceptance of reality.
I cannot recall even 1 word the minister said at my dad's funeral. But I can list the names of a multitude of people who attended the funeral to provide comfort to me and my family! That is not allowed now...no hugs, no embracing, no closeness. We must be creative and caring to provide support during this transition. Let's put our heads, and our hearts, together to support others during a time of loss.
We CAN, we SHOULD, we MUST, we WILL. For at some point each of us will need the support of others.
Bob Willis, author
"A Guide for Grievers"
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