"COVID-19 does not need to affect whether the funeral takes place through burial or cremation. Wishes of your deceased family member or friend may continue to be honored."
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funeral guidance.
If the worst should occur and you come to lose a loved one in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, coping may seem impossible. Today’s reality discourages travel, large gatherings, and the comfort of a consoling embrace - transforming our funeral and memorial services into impersonal, virtual affairs for safety’s sake.
We understand how hard it is to say goodbye.
If you are left feeling like your dearly departed deserves more, consider the following comforting ways to honor their memory safely and fully:
1. Keep Them Close with Cremation Jewelry - Cremation jewelry include necklace pendants, bracelet beads that can hold a small amount of either ashes, lock of hair, or sand for example. Perfect as a gift or a personally treasured piece, it is comforting to select a style and design of cremation jewelry that holds significance to you and your dearly departed. This has become a great and meaningful way to also provide a gift to a grieving family member. Gifting a piece of sterling silver cremation jewelry can be a great source of connection in these times.
2. Escort Your Loved One to Their Final Resting Place - Scattering urns for ashes are cremation containers that allow you to share a final moment with your dearly departed at a meaningful location before releasing their physical remains. This goodbye could be private, allowing you to process your grief on your own terms, or as a part of an open-air gathering that serves as a safer alternative to a traditional memorial service. Scattering urns come in various sizes, offering families the option to share the ashes or spread them in a number of sentimental places.
3. Return Them to Mother Nature - Find comfort in nature’s life cycle and do your part to continue it with a biodegradable urn. Eco-friendly cremation urn options offer a peaceful return to the earth for your loved one. Biodegradable urns are available for both water burials and earth burials. These types of burials are also naturally conducive to open-air gatherings.
4. Remember Together, Though Socially Distanced - Share more than just memories of a loved one with keepsake urns, miniature cremation urns that allow families to share ashes. Each individual can commemorate the dearly departed in their own way. Tealight urns are a variation of keepsake urns that come with a built-in tealight candle holder. By simultaneously lighting individual tealight urns, a typical family video conference call can become a reverent memorial service.
5. Dedicate A Tribute Space in Your Home - Set aside a space in your home with a picture of your dearly departed and a votive candle beside a personalized cremation urn. While grieving is a personal process, the universal first step towards healing is acceptance. Selecting an urn and personalizing it to embody the spirit of your loved one is a comforting activity towards acceptance. Memorialize your dearly departed and keep them nearby in a custom urn. Regardless of how you choose to celebrate the life of your loved one, follow CDC funeral guidance and stay safe - honoring those who have passed begins by not immediately joining them.