Aretha Franklin, Neckermann, James Montgomery discussed on Morning Edition


In the family he said they get together and sing songs like his eye is on the sparrow ended funerals precious lord has sung here by Aretha Franklin with the current condemning the phrasing family won't be getting together to grieve and hug and sing instead they're doing this today we're doing our big family zone call it's just nice that we have this technology we can actually look at each other this is just one of the ways families are learning to cope but a time when large funeral gatherings are strongly discouraged even outdoors I know some cemeteries are limiting the number of people who can attend the graveside service trying to keep those numbers small dot Ackerman heads the California funeral directors association he says these days his staff has to remind mourners to do things like stop hugging yeah stop hugging at a funeral they also have to tell people to keep their hands off the casket and the deceased in a normal time traditional service and it's not unusual people want to touch the deceased you know one last time and so those kinds of things are discouraged and people are advised to keep their distance but that's for families who still have traditional funerals Neckermann says those are fading as families delay services or go with something like a virtual funeral that they live stream on the internet this is actually been an option for years recent demand for live stream funerals has surged and not only that but the amount of people watching those live streams I would say easily doubled if not tripled its James Montgomery with the online funeral service called one room streaming he said that most stream funerals require password but others in public like this one last week in Mississippi you can hear a sad country song in a baby babbling but you don't see many people in the actual chapel recovery says that's becoming the new norm but then when you look there's eighty people watching online so they're they're they're just not there physically Eileen living it is a Unitarian minister in Evanston just outside Chicago she recently lost a member of her church and dedicated online sermon to him but then there was more we also had a three o'clock zoom needing and ninety people showed up these are all stop gap measures of course until the crisis is over in families like Richard fry since can have those long delayed memorials with real life hugs and yes.

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