Although funerals look different at Level 3, with restrictions of 10 people at funerals and tangis, that doesn’t mean that we can’t hold a meaningful farewell with dignity and respect. Here at Osbornes, we are committed to upholding our usual high standard of care and compassion, regardless of alert levels. Below are some of the ways that we can celebrate a life during Level 3:
Viewing the service online
In our chapel at Osbornes we have the capability to stream funeral services on OneRoom, enabling friends and family to view the service in real time, or at a later date if preferred, from all over the world. While web streaming is not necessarily available at every funeral venue, there is always other technology that can be utilised with apps like Facetime, Messenger and Zoom.
Representing absent friends at funerals
Technology can play a huge role in connecting friends and family, with messages, pictures, and tributes from absent friends sent through be printed out and displayed on the seats. Tributes from loved ones could be read out on their behalf, or a voice recording or phone call during the service could be held up to the microphone.
Helium balloons could fill chapel seats, or an array of tealight candles to represent those who were special in your loved ones life. We are here to make any of your ideas become a reality.
Holding the funeral or memorial service at a later date
If you really would prefer to wait, our mortuary team can take care of your loved one, keeping them safe and preserved until we can once again have everybody back together in the same space. While we don’t know exactly when that will be, we do know that eventually that time will come.
At Osbornes, we also want to make sure you are supported in your grief. We have collected a list of resources to help you care for yourself and others while grieving in Level 3.
If you have any questions about funerals during the different Alert Levels, please get in touch with our qualified and compassionate team. We are always here to help.