The Challenge of Death and Having a Funeral During a Pandemic

An article in the National Catholic Reporter discusses the challenge one family faced in the death and dying process in the middle of a pandemic. Its a sad read but one that explains the challenges of doing a funeral in the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“If we really think that home is elsewhere and that this life is a ‘wandering to find home,’ why should we not look forward to the arrival?

C.S. Lewis

Ah Lord God! It is you who made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you.

Jeremiah 32:17 NRSVCE

The National Catholic Reporter has a difficult article to read that really explains how tragic this COVID-19 pandemic. Gary Gately writes about how in his mother’s final months he could not visit her in an assisted living because the place was on lockdown. Then after her death they tried to have a funeral while practicing social distancing, no singing and all under 20 minutes. Its a heartbreaking piece to read. A couple of months back I wrote a post about how I was grateful that my parents didn’t pass away in the middle of the pandemic. You can read that in, “Why I am Grateful My Parents Didn’t Pass Away in the COVID-19 Era.” This article in the National Catholic Reporter only reinforces that that previous post. If you want to read it you can do so in, “Losing a mother and grieving during a pandemic.”