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Local mortuary offers video streaming of services

Local mortuary offers video streaming of services

YAKIMA, Wash. -- The Coronavirus pandemic is forcing many funeral homes to delay final goodbyes.

Social Distancing Means Mourners Find New Ways To Cope And Connect

Social Distancing Means Mourners Find New Ways To Cope And Connect

Over the last month, Richard Frieson has lost two sisters to COVID-19. In normal times, Frieson's large family would have gathered in Chicago, where his sisters lived, to sing, pray, hug and mourn.

Grief in the Time of COVID-19

Grief in the Time of COVID-19

In early April, Maura Lewinger, a mother of three from New York, told CNN about saying goodbye to her 42-year old husband over FaceTime as he died from coronavirus in the hospital. Unable to be with him at the bedside because of the danger, she, like thousands of others, faced the most difficult moment of her life, and that of her husband, separated by a screen and hundreds of miles. Lewinger is far from the only one who can tell this story. With the COVID-19 death toll in the United States at over 80,000 as of mid-May, we are witnessing an extraordinary onslaught of severe illness and death.

Funeral Homes, Families Ponder Deaths In The Age Of COVID-19

Funeral Homes, Families Ponder Deaths In The Age Of COVID-19

As COVID-19 cases spread across the nation, disrupting daily routines for the living, growing numbers of U.S. businesses and families are changing how they deal with the dead.

We should mourn how the pandemic has complicated mourning

We should mourn how the pandemic has complicated mourning

Safely Honoring the Dead During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Safely Honoring the Dead During the Coronavirus Pandemic

THE LOSS OF A LOVED ONE can be difficult to deal with at any time. But in the era of COVID-19, when physical, or social, distancing is the norm, family and friends wanting to pay their last respects to the deceased face special challenges.

The Surprising Intimacy of the Live-Streamed Funeral

The Surprising Intimacy of the Live-Streamed Funeral

When Candida Rifkind got the call on March 14 that her Aunt Cecilia had died, she realized she couldn’t attend the funeral. The rapid spread of the coronavirus was making international travel more uncertain than ever. Just a day earlier, the United States had blocked most European visitors from entering its borders. Ms. Rifkind, an English professor who lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, didn’t want to risk it. (Canada and the United States closed their borders to each other the next week.)

Funeral virtual attendance spikes amid coronavirus restrictions through OneRoom live streaming

Funeral virtual attendance spikes amid coronavirus restrictions through OneRoom live streaming

The coronavirus has forced public gatherings to be banned so no crowds at the footy, no weddings, conventions, concerts and other events. But what about a funeral? They can’t be postponed but the good news you can still pay your respects without being there in person.

What It’s Like to Livestream a Funeral

What It’s Like to Livestream a Funeral

Grace Druien is “kind of a professional funeral-thrower.”

How To Livestream A Funeral

How To Livestream A Funeral

If you died tomorrow, how many people would feel compelled to travel for your funeral, and how far would they have to come? It’s now fairly commonplace to leave your hometown and move across the country or abroad, at least for a while, and to find your loved ones scattered across thousands of kilometres.

Live Streaming is becoming more Common

Live Streaming is becoming more Common

The service isn't meant to replace a traditional funeral. Instead it provides the opportunity for those that can't make it in person to attend explains David Lutterman with OneRoom Funeral Streaming.

How Social Media is impacting the way we grieve

How Social Media is impacting the way we grieve

Thanks to the social networks, the world is smaller.Thanks to the social networks, we are able to socialise our own grief with loved ones, as one.

Video on Demand: Is it just a millennial thing?

Video on Demand: Is it just a millennial thing?

Since the mid-20th century, TV has been a staple source of entertainment and news in households around the world – from Saturday night movies for the kids, to dad telling everyone to hush while he catches the weather report.

Tradition is changing, cremation rates are rising

Tradition is changing, cremation rates are rising

In a move away from tradition, more and more people are choosing cremation. Last year the cremation rate was predicted to have reached 53.5 percent, with a forward prediction that the national cremation rate will reach 80% by 2035.  

Now Even Funerals Are Livestreamed—and Families Are Grateful

Now Even Funerals Are Livestreamed—and Families Are Grateful

The call came on January 2. It was early enough in the morning that Natalie Levy probably shouldn’t have been awake—she had recently left a high-stress job at a private-equity firm in San Francisco, and was determined to relax a bit—but her dog had woken her up.