One of the most heart-breaking videos I've seen of the world wide virus was a priest in Italy sprinkling holy water on dozens and dozens of coffins.
That will be the funeral for those people.
As an Episcopal Priest, I fully know how cathartic funerals can be for family and loved ones. When I was at St. John's in Waterbury for 21 years, we had dozens of people join the church after coming to a funeral there.
Funerals are one of the most important things a minister or rabbi or Imam can do is preside over a funeral.
Yet, all the people dying from Corona 19 will not have a funeral in the traditional sense. People cannot gather the way they do for funerals in most places.
And for good reason--stop the spread of the virus.
A mega-church pastor in Florida was arrested this week for having services with hundreds of people.
Good for Florida.
We are doing church on-line.
But how can you do a funeral on-line?
No chance for family and loved ones to touch the casket or the urn.
No chance to hug each other and mourn.
No chance to stand by a grave and say 'good-bye'.
No chance to find closure.
Yet another painful and isolating part of this pandemic.
No funeral for grandma.
Imagine the wrenching pain of that....
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