The funeral that our loved one may have planned may not be able to take place as we or the person we loved would have wished. Although some crematoria can offer a livestream facility it may only be possible for the most immediate members of the family to be present. It may be helpful to ask for a recording or perhaps for a photograph of the coffin and of the grave. This can help the reality of the death to sink in. Although hard to see this may well help with the grief of those who have been left behind.
Some families may choose to have the burial or cremation soon after the death but may perhaps delay a memorial service for several months to give a fitting tribute to the person who has died. This may give an opportunity for performing the usual rituals of funerals that can provide a known structure that can be helpful. It can also provide an opportunity for a wider circle of family and friends to acknowledge their own grief and have a chance to say goodbye.
Below are some links which may help you with financing funerals, planning memorials, organising funerals and support for people suffering bereavement.
Fair Funerals can help you find affordable funeral options. They are publishing the costs for all aspects of a funeral. This can help you to find the funeral you want for your budget.
You could be eligible for the governments Funeral Expenses Payment scheme. You can find out more by clicking here.
For those who are members of a trade union financial support might be available during this time.
The Children’s Funeral Fund for England can help to pay for some of the costs of a funeral for a child under 18 or a baby stillborn after the 24th week of pregnancy. It is not means-tested. What you earn or how much you have in savings will not affect what you get. No one should now be charged for burial or cremation of a child. The fees for the burial or cremation can be claimed directly by the burial or cremation provider.
Simplicity Creations have some wonderful ideas on how to commemorate your loved one.
Cruise are sharing guidance and mechanisms for support around funerals during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Good Grief Trust have an abundance of guidance and support for people suffering bereavement during this period of Coronavirus.