For many of us, not being able to follow our usual rituals before and following the death of a loved one can intensify our distress. Our sense of helplessness and guilt can be magnified. Where possible find ways, with those closest to your loved one, to remember them. If holding a funeral is not possible, organise a time when you can all share a telephone call or use an app to connect with each other to read a poem that describes how you are feeling, share memories of the person, or say a prayer. If this isn’t possible, sometimes having a picture or an object that you helps you feels closer to them can be reassuring, listen to a special piece of music, or write a letter to mark saying goodbye. Remember that a service of remembrance can be held once the pandemic is over.
For information about making funeral arrangements:
- The National Federation of Funeral Directors have provided information for funeral directors and members of the public on funeral arrangements
Guidance for Faith Groups: During the Covid-19 outbreak
Government guidance may impact end of life rituals for religious communities;
- EQuIP (Equality and Inclusion Partnership) have published Advice from Warwickshire Public Health for religious organisations and can offer guidance for faith communities during this time, call 07377 431997 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Church of England guidance for churches
- The Muslim Council of Britain has been working with Public Health England to best plan for facilitating the burial of Muslims who pass away during the pandemic