According to a study by the University of Southern California, for every COVID-19 death, nine close family members are left behind to grieve that individual. Communities are experiencing what some have called a secondary “pandemic of grief.” To help funeral homes bring a measure of healing to the communities they serve, NFDA created Remember Together, a planning guide and toolkit to help funeral homes plan COVID-19 memorial events.
The centerpiece of the Remember Together materials is a planning guide that offers ideas for remembrance events and activities a funeral home could host in their community. The guidebook also offers guidance on how to organize and promote a memorial event in the community.
The Remember Together materials also include a toolkit, filled with customizable templates – including social media posts, a news release, print ads and a postcard. NFDA has also made educational podcasts and blogs available for members to share on social media to bring solace to their community.
NFDA members can download the Remember Together guidebook and toolkit at no charge from the association website, www.nfda.org/RememberTogether.
Said Gail Marquardt, NFDA vice president of consumer engagement: “Whether someone experienced the death of a loved one due to COVID or some other cause, so many people have experienced unimaginable loss during the pandemic. These losses are compounded by the fact that they may not have been able to be with their loved one when they died; many were also unable to have a funeral. Holding a memorial event for your community can bring comfort to people who may be grieving by acknowledging their losses, holding space for their grief, and helping to keep the memory of friends and loved ones alive.”