MAKING FUNERALS MEANINGFUL IN THE AGE OF COVID-19 webinar
April 3 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
April 3 | Noon–1:30 pm ET
In this webinar, we review the restrictions on funerals and other death rituals in the COVID-19 environment and what these restrictions mean for families and communities. We explore the affects these changes have on the well-researched therapeutic value of funerals and offer suggestions of alternative rituals that may be helpful to the intimate network of the deceased.
1. Indicate ways that current restrictions on gatherings and travel may affect the therapeutic value of funerals—possibly complicating the grief of survivors;
2. Discuss special issues that might arise regarding funeral practices due to death from COVID-19;
3. Identify the psychological, social, and spiritual benefits of funeral services, describe practices that typically enhance the value of funeral services for mourners, and suggest ways those practices might be incorporated during the COVOD-19 crisis; and
4. List and evaluate alternatives for traditional funerals in times of travel restrictions and COVID-19.
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Kenneth Doka, PhD, MDiv, is Senior Bereavement Consultant to HFA and the recipient of the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). A prolific author and editor, Dr. Doka serves as editor of HFA’s Living with Grief® book series, its Journeys newsletter, and numerous other books and publications. He is a past president of ADEC, a former board member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement, and is the recipient of The International Work Group on Dying, Death, and Bereavement’s prestigious Herman Feifel Award and ADEC’s Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Death Education.
Brad Speaks is the owner of Speaks Chapels, a funeral and cremation provider in Eastern Jackson County, MO, and is a past president of Selected Independent Funeral Homes, the largest association of privately-owned funeral homes in the world. He currently sits on the board of directors of the national Funeral Service Foundation.