I still remember the days where burial services were held – everyone came, dressed in funeral attire, and the funeral professionals were revered for their talent, heart, and conduct. Viewing was a minimum of 3 days, and the family held vigil until the funeral director excused the group from their duty.
Not long later, people would arrive in their cars, meeting at the cemetery – walking up to the burial space; balloons in hand, video cameras at the ready – and the funeral professionals appeared to be the necessary fixture to get the process finished.
Today, with an active pandemic amongst us, we are at a loss to describe the modern day burial ritual. It is what our states and governments allow us to provide, and we do these mandated tasks with face masks, gloves, and a schedule for watching the burial being conducted with the minimum of attendees.