Most funeral directors were turning to technology. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Live streaming funerals a new norm due to Covid-19

CAPE TOWN – Covid-19 lockdown regulations have caused a limit in the number of people allowed to attend a funeral leaving many families to resort to video streaming funerals as a measure of ensuring that everyone is able to bid farewell to their loved ones.

Some of the regulations in South Africa, specifically, include that only 50 people are allowed to attend a funeral, that people practise physical distancing as well as some stringent rules in interprovincial travel. 

Those who have died of the Coronavirus should be buried within three days.

Struggle Stalwart Dennis Goldberg’s memorial was live-streamed on Google Meet and YouTube.

Meanwhile, a funeral home in West Springfield, Massachusetts, in the United States offers online live streaming services as part of their package. The new packaging is in line with the state’s Department of Public Health and CDC guidelines while at the same time helps families deal with the loss of a loved one.

According to the online media The Press and Journal, most funeral directors were turning to technology.

The media quoted a funeral director Mark Shaw in the US saying: “Things like recording and live-streaming of funerals has always been an option but until now, most people have emphasised being there in person.

“Now this is a new focus and we are being asked to record or live-stream the funerals a lot more.”

The Jewish community has also moved to organising “Zoom shivas”.

This allows more people, than typically seen in shiva, to join the video conference for two hours every day. 

However, because shivas normally require a minyan, or a quorum of ten people present, some Orthodox rabbis have disapproved of gatherings over Zoom.


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