If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times in the last few months. We are going through unprecedented times. The recent few months have had an impact on daily life, not to mention life events when they arise. When a loved one passes on, you automatically call the Jewish funeral home in Edison, NJ for help with their final services. However, you may not know exactly what those services will look like, given the strange times we are all living in right now.
There have been modifications to the funeral experience in order to satisfy current regulations and safety precautions. Most synagogues have completely canceled their regular services and gatherings and special events like weddings and Bar Mitzvahs are being rescheduled. But you can’t put off a funeral as your loved one needs proper care right away.
The regular steps for Kavod Ha-met can still be carried out when a death in your family takes place. The necessary communication will take place to plan for the funeral and burial and after those plans have been started, you can share the news with family members and friends, so everyone knows what is going on. But there are alterations to the number of people who can attend and to how people will remember the person who has passed away. There are also changes in what people might do to remember your loved one and how they will grieve.
Most funeral services have been restricted to a small group and an outdoor ceremony in recent months. Some of those things have relaxed a bit now and indoor services are permitted, but distance among those who are not immediate family members is still best and smaller groups are also mandatory.
Anyone who is elderly or ill or has a compromised immune system in any way should not attend services. That can be very hard, but it’s just not a good idea to take any risks with those individuals. For them, they can watch the service through a live stream along with some other family members. For those who do attend, staying six feet apart is still best and there shouldn’t be a greeting line as there might normally be. Entrances and exits will be equipped with hand sanitizer and people will often wear masks as well.
One of the hardest parts of making changes is not feeling like family has the right opportunity to honor the loved one and to go through the steps of grief. But according to Jewish law, preserving current life is more important than anything else and your loved one can have a dignified, meaningful service to get what they need.
The professionals within the Jewish funeral home in Edison, NJ are here to help you through every step of the process from start to finish. We’re keeping a close eye on what needs to be done and what’s allowed. We want you to be able to honor your loved one and give them the services they deserve.