If You Aren’t Able to Have a Funeral for a Loved One
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If You Aren’t Able to Have a Funeral for a Loved One

If You Aren't Able to Have a Funeral for a Loved One

If you’re unable to have a funeral for your loved one, or if it will be delayed, it may be difficult to accept that you will be limited in your ability to invite others to pay their respects and support you in your time of loss. There are, however, some things you can do to practice self-care and stay connected with family and friends while you begin the grief journey.

  • Post notice of your loved one’s death on social media and invite your friends and family to post a memory and/or photo.
  • Post notice of your loved one’s death in local newspapers and the funeral home’s website, where friends and family have the opportunity to contribute a comment or memory.
  • Write a letter about your loved one and memories you have, make copies and mail them out to friends and family. Invite them to reply to you with memories of their own.
  • Reach out to family and friends by phone. They’ll enjoy hearing from you and it’s an opportunity for you to share a memory of your loved one and for them to do the same.
  • Keep a journal. As you are inspired to do so, write about memories of your loved one and how you are feeling about your grief. Share those memories with others as you are comfortable in doing so.

Making Self-care a Priority