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Funeral and Bereavement Resources

Funeral Resources

There have been questions about the safety of holding funerals. With the rapidly changing guidance about physical distancing and many communities implementing “shelter in place” orders, holding funerals will be more difficult. The National Funeral Directors Association has regularly updated information regarding funerals and burials.

The Order of the Good Death also published information based on the CDC guidelines and other official, trusted sources. Find their materials here.

A Guide to Christian Funerals and Burials during COVID-19 (WI Council of Churches, adapted from MA Council of Churches)

Best Practices for Funerals During COVID-19 (UCC)

Gathering to Mourn at a Distance video with Heather Paul, hosted by Ritualwell

Making Funerals Meaningful in an Age of COVID-19 (Hospice Foundation of America)

Virtual Memory Circle: For Those Who Cannot Gather for a Funeral or Shiva from Ritualwell

Guidance for Funeral Practices: Ministering to the Bereaved During a Public Health Crisis.

COVID-19 Resources and Updates from Good Grief.  Includes information about funerals in a pandemic, tips for reducing isolation, supporting the bereaved during COVID-19 and more.

Remembering a Life offers resource to help plan a funeral during the COVID-19 pandemic, attend a funeral and ways to support friends and family when a funeral isn’t possible.

Legacy offers information on how to plan a funeral during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bereavement Resources

The Dougy Center offers a wide range of grief support resources for all age groups.

Remembering a Life offers resource to help plan a funeral during the COVID-19 pandemic, attend a funeral and ways to support friends and family when a funeral isn’t possible.

Center for Loss and Life Transition. Led by grief counselor and educator Dr. Alan Wolfelt, we are an organization dedicated to helping people who are grieving and those who care for them.

A joint project of Advocate Health Care & the OCEAN-HP at the University of Illinois at Chicago.