A Virtual Funeral is Now Normal

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A Virtual Funeral is Now Normal

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On January 7, 2021 I attended a virtual funeral service for a friend's husband. This was the first time I had seen an online funeral. It was streamed on Youtube while the closest family and friends attended in person. I watched the service from my phone alone at work. It felt surreal. I recognized several friends on the tiny screen with familiar voices, but it felt far away. Since then I have spoken to a few people and mentioned how I felt disconnected to be on the other side of the screen. Many others had similar stories about these kinds of services. It was now normal to experience these things, but I can't shake the feeling of how much the experience continues to bother me. I hope some day online services won't be necessary.

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This item was submitted on January 31, 2021 by Clinton P. Roberts using the form “Share Your Story” on the site “A Journal of the Plague Year”:

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