One of the biggest plights so far in the year 2020 has been the Coronavirus outbreak, a risky viral spread that has many considering it something akin to the superflu from Stephen King’s epic The Stand. While it hasn’t so far to proven itself anywhere near as deadly as the iconic Captain Trips virus from Stephen King’s book – there are still some massive precautions being taken by some. In fact, according to Sky News, one such precaution could mean funerals may soon be live-streamed due to the Coronavirus.
Here’s what the statement the NAFD (National Association of Funeral Directors) told Sky News said:
“[it was in] dialogue with the government and local authorities to seek early guidance on steps funeral directors may need to take in the event of a pandemic.”
They also explained that they have their steps in place based on “the severity of the outbreak.” Here’s when they suggest the possibility of live-streamed funerals as one of the available steps they could implement because of something like the Coronavirus:
“As well as supporting the government and local authorities in managing the impact of the additional deaths, funeral directors would be focused on helping families who lose a loved one during that time in finding meaningful ways to say goodbye – even if the funeral they would have preferred isn’t possible.
“One option might include the webcasting of funeral services, as many crematoria now have these facilities – or holding a separate memorial service at a later date.”
It really is an interesting concept, and it goes to show some of the possibilities that we might see depending on how severe the Coronavirus or other similar outbreaks could end up being. Hopefully, however, we won’t have to worry about those types of issues. Especially issues that could be so bad that public services like funerals may soon have to be live-streamed in order to protect people.