About the Presentation:
As COVID-19 continues, Celebrants are needed for more funerals and memorials that require additional considerations. We’ll discuss how death and mourning is different during a pandemic, how ceremonies and arrangements can be adapted, how to support grieving families, and how to practice self care throughout the process.
Resources included in slideshow:
- Report of a completely online funeral – Richard Brown and Clarissa Botsford, Humanist celebrants UK and Italy (invitation to online meeting, Thursday May 21, 6pm CET/central european time)
- Covid White Paper – a bundle of resources co-authored by a “virtual funeral collective” of various roles
- Pandemic Resources for Families Facing End of Life – National Home Funeral Alliance (roundup of various topics, authors, media)
- Death in the Time of Pandemic – Oregon Funeral Resources and Education (roundup of various topics, authors, media)
- A New Way to Mourn – Michael Barbaro (podcast, The New York Times)
- Virtual Funerals in the time of Pandemic – Sarah Jane Lambring, Funeral Celebrant (YouTube)
- Virtual Memorials and No Hugs by Madison Pauly (Mother Jones)
- How Death Care Workers Are Handling Covid-19 – Alyse Gray, Pathologist and Funeral Home employee
- Technology for asynchronous or real time memorials/funerals: Zoom, Tribute.co, Remembering.Live, FaceBook Live, Instagram Live, FaceTime, WhatsApp, Jitsi, etc.
Anita Peters has been a Humanist Celebrant endorsed by The Humanist Society since 2014. In 2017, she was certified by InSight Institute, the organization training funeral directors, as a Funeral Celebrant. She is a founding member and on the Steering Committee of The Humanists and Freethinkers of Fairfield County, Connecticut. She brought the Death Cafe movement to Connecticut and regularly officiates at lifecycle events. She is the founder of the Humanist Celebration Project, which she introduced at the AHA 2019 conference at University of Miami (www.