The COVID-19 pandemic is devastating families across the globe. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that there have been over 1.6 million deaths due to this virus. The pandemic is affecting people from all walks of life and all parts of the globe.
A funeral, wake, or memorial are a few of the many ways people mourn the loss of their loved ones. Unfortunately, in many areas gatherings are still restricted, and many areas do not allow funeral services to take place. Because we are still learning about the virus, it can be difficult to maintain traditions, such as visitation, and it can also introduce a stigma and fear due to all the unknowns.
As with many other services and activities, such as working and shopping, people have turned to online resources for creating a memorial for their loved ones. Covituary has created a place to do this without having to worry about costs, and without having to pay to keep your loved one’s memorial page active forever.
One of the best ways to remember someone is with photos and videos. Covituary allows you to link multiple videos to your memorial page, as well as up to 45 pictures. And because your memorial is active forever, it is a wonderful way to share with future generations.
Post a Biography
It can be difficult to sum up a life in a brief speech or eulogy. With the online memorial you can create a biography for your loved one and share all the wonderful things about them. This can also share aspects of a person’s life that other people might not have known. It produces a feeling of knowing who a person is, and learning new things about them, even after they are gone.
It can also reflect their personality. Many published obituaries are funny stories about the individual dying while in the process of saving the world as a superhero. You can create whatever narrative you choose to best remember your loved one. Sometimes, people even specify what they want their obituary to be and you can honor their wishes with your online memorial.
Create a Eulogy
A eulogy can be a cathartic experience and a way of releasing grief. A eulogy can take the form of a biography, but more often it takes the form of a story or an essay detailing your memories of, and feelings for, the deceased. It can be very passionate and very emotional, and allows you to put forth everything you wished you had said. The benefit of an online memorial is that you can post all of this on the memorial page and not worry about emotions getting the better of when you read it.
Share with Family and Friends
Even though we can’t always physically be with our loved ones right now, and we may not be able to attend a more traditional funeral, we can be together virtually. Friends and family are able to comment in a guestbook and share their memories. You can also link to an online memorial service that will be held at a specific time so that people can attend virtually and still maintain a connection. It is very easy to share your memorial page via e-mail, social media, or even text messages.
Losing a loved one is never easy, but it is even harder during the pandemic, particularly when someone dies from COVID-19. We have a created an online resource to mourn, grieve, and remember your loved ones that succumbed to COVID-19. Visit our website to create a free memorial for your loved one. We keep everyone affected by this in our thoughts during this difficult time.