We are truly living in a time where we are witnessing things as we have never seen before. Panic and fear seem to have taken the world by storm with the numbers released every day with the spread of the coronavirus.
There is no one in the world whose lives have not changed due to coronavirus. Whether it is having the illness or knowing someone who has contracted the virus or our way of life, in general, has drastically changed. One of the biggest upsets is how funerals have changed.
With the government leading the people to social distancing, funerals are being affected nationwide. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is pushing people to have funeral services which are live-streamed instead of having the regular crowds of people gathering.
There is no doubt the coronavirus outbreak has attacked every aspect of our lives. Death is no different. The first thing a person thinks about when live streaming a funeral is something out of a science fiction movie. No one in their wildest dreams would have ever guessed the world would come to this, but it has, and that’s the reality of the situation.
We are here, and it still doesn’t seem real. As of Friday, the numbers topped 14,000 infected with over 200 deaths from the highly contagious virus. The CDC wants everyone to stay away from each other until this thing is gone. What a way to live, huh?
Many who attended funerals these last few days would say, what a time to die. Of course, no one has control over that. This drastic change is the new norm for the next few weeks at the least. Hopefully, we all pray it doesn’t go any longer.
Recently, there were reports from the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) that the CDC allowed funerals to continue but only with a fifty person limit. When it came to the mass or the bodies inside the churches, everything came to a halt as most pastors allowed no more than 10 people at the graveside services only.
Everyone is required to stay six feet away from each other, no matter where people are in public. Hugging, kissing, handshakes are discouraged by the request of funeral directors. It is optional at this time, but there are some funeral homes and churches which only allow live stream services.
It is difficult enough to lose a loved one, but it is a horrible experience when people are not allowed to console one another in these times. It leaves the loneliest feeling imaginable as though the people are indeed left behind and utterly alone. The pain is almost unbearable by itself.
Many see this as adding insult to injury when the mention of live stream only services are held. Others, which allow a maximum of 50 people, are still limited when it comes to large families. Many are left out as those who arrange the funerals have to keep things at immediate family only.
Since COVID-19 is relatively new to the world and not much is known about the latest virus, the CDC put out this notice for family members who have a loved one who passed away from the coronavirus.
“There is no known risk associated with attending a funeral or visitation service with the body of someone who has died from COVID-19.” Still, the CDC discourages anyone from touching the body.
The CDC added, “There may be less chance of the virus spreading from certain types of touching, such as holding the hand or hugging after the body has been prepared for viewing.”
Dr. David Berendes, an epidemiologist with the CDC, added, “As you think about planning for the event, limit the number of people if possible, use live streaming options and perhaps have only the immediate family on hand.”
As the death toll rises from the spread of COVID-19, funeral directors are taking extra precautions when handling the bodies of the deceased as they were warned. When the workers move the body, the body can still release the virus if moved the wrong way.
Health officials are saying they need to continue to wear the mask and disinfect the body bags on the outside. Italy is one of these places where traditional funeral homes have been outlawed for the time being.
Along with the hospitals, the morgues are seeing the bodies piling up quickly too. It is important to remember, the families of the deceased are going through far greater pain.