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If I can’t attend the funeral, what else could I do?

We understand how hard this is for families. There are a number of options that could be considered.

This might range include having an online gathering at the time of the funeral through Google Hangout, House Party, Zoom, WhatsApp or other facility, for all those unable to attend, where you share stories, light candles and play music. Also, ask your funeral director about the possibility of live-streaming or recording the service.

Online memorial sites often have facilities to share stories, messages and photographs.

Your plans might also include holding a memorial service or celebration of life – whether that is arranged through the funeral director, a preferred place of worship or arranged at home, once social distancing rules are relaxed.

Funeral directors are working to support families to find the right solutions for them. In some cases there will be no cost, in other cases there may be – and so the advice is to talk it through with the funeral director.

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for further information.

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