During this unique time in our lives, virtual activities are becoming more commonplace as we attempt to distance ourselves as much as possible from one another. Funerals are often a time for large gatherings of friends and family, however, to stay safe, virtual funerals are becoming a more popular and preferred option among many. With a virtual funeral, present only a select few of the deceased’s closest family and friends, while everyone else tunes in online to pay their respects. When planning a virtual service at a funeral home in Alamo, TX, we hope that you consider our suggestions!
Planning a Virtual Service
When you decide to plan a virtual service for your loved one it is important that the first thing you do is decide which of the limited guests will attend in person. We suggest, for the in-person service, inviting only those who were closest to the deceased during their life, as they have a right to be able to honor their loved one in person. For those who will be attending virtually we recommend sending out invitations via either email, text, or letter. Another option is to send out invites via social media.
Ensure it is an Immersive Experience
One way to make a virtual funeral service meaningful is to make the service as immersive as possible. You should encourage guests both in-person and online to dress accordingly, preferably in formal attire. Also, if the service involves periods of religious readings from texts, guests should feel free to follow along in their own Bibles.
Include Personalized Messages
Since a lot of your family and friends will be unable to speak in person, it is recommended that you allow them to send personalized messages prior to the service, so that the clergy or funeral director may read and share them with everyone. In this way, nobody will feel left out or as though they did not get to honor their loved one. It is important to make sure that they are brief so that there is time for everyone’s message to be read and heard by all of the attendees.
Create a Slide Show
Another moving touch is to include a customized slide show of the deceased for attendees both in-person and online to view. Fortunately, with the capabilities of Zoom and other video platforms, sharing digital content such as pictures and slide-shows are simple to do.
Another idea you can use to help online attendees get involved is to have them send flower arrangements prior to the service. Once the service begins, the camera could be tasked with focusing on and showcasing all of the different arrangements sent for the service.
Planning a service at a funeral home in Alamo, TX doesn’t have to be a daunting task. There are so many ways in which we can get people involved during an online memorial service. Hopefully we’ve helped take some of the burden off of your shoulders, and we hope that you reach out to us because we are always glad to help!