While it may be difficult to think about your own death, planning your funeral is an incredible gift to you and your loved ones. You’re able to choose the exact service you’d like, while your friends and family are relieved of making difficult funeral decisions in an emotionally stressful time. Each part of your funeral – from the type of service to the music played – can be selected in advance and personalized according to your wishes.
Families who lost a loved one to COVID-19 may now be eligible to receive funeral assistance funds through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In the past, FEMA has provided similar financial assistance to families who lost a loved one in natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy.
As a chaplain specializing in end-of-life care, Mark Telepak is looking for progress. While hospice clinicians are charting the expected declines, Mark charts “the increases.” Is the patient “getting stronger emotionally, relationally, and spiritually?” Mark asks. “Are they at peace? Have they reconciled with loved ones? What is their hope and how can I encourage it?”
After a year of pandemic precautions, many families are planning to hold a safe Easter together. Many Americans have already received a COVID-19 vaccine, and communities are relaxing some restrictions.