With current social distancing rules requiring people to stay at least 6 feet apart from each other, it's very difficult to offer love and support to families coping with the loss of a dear loved one. Funerals and memorial services are limited to a small number of immediate family members in an effort to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. The traditional rituals and gatherings we normally partake in following a death allow us to offer support and care to the bereaved, and to acknowledge and pay respects to the deceased. If you've recently lost someone dear to you, here are 5 ways to offer love and support to the family while maintaining social distancing:
1. Deliver takeout or homemade meals. While you can't hand them over directly, you can deliver meals, cards, flowers, and other items by leaving them on the porch or outside the front door. Give advance notice, and make sure the family knows to expect you so they can bring the items inside right away. Alternatively, arrange for delivery from a restaurant or grocery store.
2. Offer photos, videos, or written memories of the deceased. The family may want to prepare a virtual ceremony or offer a slideshow of photos to share with those wanting to pay their respects.
3. Make a donation to the charity of the family's choice, if one has been mentioned. Don't wait until the memorial service that may occur weeks or months down the road.
4. Offer to pick up prescriptions or do other errands as needed.
5. Check in regularly with the grieving family, and ask them directly how you can support them in light of current restrictions.
Finding safe ways to support and offer sympathy to a grieving family is necessary to help them navigate through such a painful time. Nobody should have to grieve alone. For more ideas for offering love and support while maintaining social distancing, please contact:
Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services
John R. Adolf, Director
7000 South Madison Street
Willowbrook, IL 60527
2921 South Harlem Avenue
Berwyn, IL 60402