You never know where life is going to take you. As a child, you might think you will stay in your hometown forever, but when you grow up, perhaps you join the military, get married and move away, or go to a college in another state. Life has a way of spreading families out over the years and when a death occurs, it can be hard to get everyone back together. If your family has experienced a loss, they contact a Cranbury, NJ Jewish funeral home to put the services together. But if you no longer live in the area, how are you supposed to participate in the final services? Travel isn’t always possible. Take these ideas into consideration.
Idea 1: Participate Through Video Conferencing
If you can’t attend the final services and you really want to be there to see and hear everything that goes on, consider checking into a video conferencing option. The Jewish funeral home your family is working with may be able to set something up for you or you can have one of your tech savvy family members set up a computer close to the front of the chapel to give you a view of the service. This can help you feel as if you are there—as much as you can be.
Idea 2: Hold Your Own Memorial
If you have other family members in the area in which you live, they may not be able to make the funeral services either. If not, you likely have a strong friend group that you can gather with to hold a memorial on your own. There’s no right or wrong time or location to honor and remember a loved one. Even if their body or ashes aren’t present, the memorial actions are good for your closure.
Idea 3: Have It Recorded
Many funeral services are recorded via audio or video. If you can have your family members ensure that the final services are recorded, you can watch or listen to it later and get the closure you need. It may not feel timely, but at least you are able to honor your loved one with your presence at the service later. Plus, you can listen to it again a year later when the anniversary of their death rolls around.
If you want to be present at your loved one’s final services, but it’s just not possible, contact a Cranbury, NJ Jewish funeral home for more ideas as to how you can get the closure you need while honoring your loved one from a distance. Death never happens at a convenient time and as much as you want to be there, sometimes it just doesn’t work out. Contact Mount Sinai Memorial Chapels at (732) 390-9199 for help, whether you are in the area dealing with the death or having to watch the happenings from afar. We’re located at 454 Cranbury Rd, East Brunswick, NJ 08816.