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How to Live-Stream a Celebration of Life

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10 months ago

2020 has been an incredibly tough year for all of us; it has hit us hard, disrupting what we have come to call norm and changing our lifestyles for good. In these unprecedented times, we have had to adapt; schools, offices and even religion went online as efforts to limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus went full throttle.

This year has been even harder for those who have lost a loved one. The pain of losing someone close to you is unparalleled. This year has made it even harder to part with our loved ones. Many have not been allowed to congregate and pay their respects to those that have passed away. For more comfortable, less stressful proceedings, we have looked into Virtual Memorial Services and the ‘How’ and ‘Why’ you should seriously consider Livestreaming a Celebration of Life.

Benefits of Livestreaming

Livestreaming gives you many benefits over the traditional celebration where the only sacrifice made is physical contact, and with contact being discouraged due to the pandemic, live-streaming is the obvious choice for holding memorials:

Regulations

Due to Covid-19, preventive measures have come into place, and the traditional gathering has become either impossible or very hard and stressful to organise. Livestreaming will remove all the stress of managing and allows you to celebrate your loved on immediately.

Convenience & Distance

The location will not be a problem; whether family members or friends are abroad, ill or stuck inside their own home, live-streaming would allow them to be part of the memorial. A live stream is accessible from anywhere with an internet connection, so it will not be a problem whatever the distance. No one will have to incur any travel costs or arrangement expenses to attend.

Intimate

A virtual service would allow you to choose who is invited and can participate in the memorial. A family might prefer to keep the celebration private and more intimate with only family members and close friends allowed.

Short Notice

Some religious or medical requirements mean that burial or cremation must happen within 24 hours. Live-streaming would allow a celebration of life to occur at very short notice as no venue, reception or gathering arrangements would need to be made.

Reduce Costs

The only costs that live-streaming would incur are if the call is to be made to a large audience over a long time. Compared to the expenses that a gathering would incur, a virtual service would save costs on venue arrangements, numerous service fees and neutralise any travel costs.

Pre-Recordings

Memorials, tributes and services are very emotional, and they sometimes get the best of us in these scenarios. Livestreaming allows you the commodity of pre-recording your thoughts and tributes beforehand, where you have all the time you need to say anything you want calmly without having the pressure of being on air.

Privacy

Emotions are incredibly tough to control and diminish in moments like these, and it is understandable if you want to keep to yourself. Livestreaming allows you to choose when to be seen and heard, only allowing audio and video whenever you feel most comfortable.

Recordable

Livestreaming allows you to keep a recorded memento, capturing stories and tributes that are disclosed in memory of a loved one.

Logistics

You have decided that you will be live-streaming a celebration of life; the next step is to determine how you will proceed with events.

The most common platforms are:

          • Zoom
          • Skype
          • Facebook Live
Zoom

When using Zoom, you will invite those that you wish to be present through an invite link. This link also gives the option of an RSVP. Zoom allows you to share your screen and has a supported feature that enables you to upload videos to be played for those present. Zoom also gives a virtual background of your choice, letting you choose the backdrop for your camera, which works best with a green screen. The only drawback is that zoom is free for 100 participants for a maximum of 40-minute calls unless you have a business subscription if you want more time you can check Zoom’s monthly plans.

Skype

Skype is another platform that can be used to organise a virtual tribute. The use of cameras and audio are supported, and the background can also be updated. Skype also supports screen-sharing to upload any presentations/photos you want during the memorial. Skype is free if the call is being made to another Skype account, however, if you are using a landline or cell phone you will need to have a subscription ($2.99/month) or Skype Credit ($10.00/ 416 minutes).

Facebook Live

If you are looking for a more public and social celebration, Facebook Live is the platform to use. It offers free live-streaming, but only one broadcast/ visual input is supported, that of the host’s camera. You will not be able to hear or see any attendees whose input is limited to their comments on the live feed.

How to Share it.

You can choose how to share it and who to share it with. Links and news for an RSVP can be shared via SMS, email or direct message to those you wish to invite. If you are opening the celebration to the public, posting relevant details on social media is the go-to.

Losing a loved one is always hard to take, and the last thing you would need is to exhaust yourself over how you will plan and organize every minute detail. Give yourself a rest by live-streaming the celebration of life, allowing you to prepare everything at ease, and without all the pressures a traditional gathering would bring, all at a considerably lesser cost.

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What Vegan Food to Bring to a Wake or End of Life Ceremon...

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Vegan food can have a bad reputation, people often pigeon-hole it as dull and uninteresting, but more often than not that’s because it hasn’t been cooked well rather than because it isn’t good. In addition, when people think of vegan food they often think of salads, which is not the kind of heart-warming ‘good for the soul’ kind of food that you would probably want to bring along to a wake.

Nonetheless, there’s a host of reasons you might want to bring vegan food to a wake: potentially you are vegan and don’t want to cook non-vegan food, but still want to contribute; maybe the deceased was vegan and you want to honor their wishes or possibly your friendship circle just has a large number of vegans and vegetarians and you want to provide something everyone can enjoy.

Regardless of your reason, in this article I’m going to give you a few different ideas and hopefully some inspiration about what vegan food you can bring to an end of life celebration that will make everyone happy.

      • Sausage Rolls – these are normally only for the meat-eaters but these vegan sausage rolls are super tasty. They require a little more work than simply wrapping a sausage in pastry (although you could just do that if you have vegan puff pastry and vegan sausages available) but they’re delicious and perfect to eat whilst standing up and holding a drink.
      • Cucumber Bites with Sun Dried Tomato SpreadThese little mouthfuls are perfect to eat on a hot day. Even better you can make the spread in advance and leave it in the fridge, then on the day all you need to do is prepare the cucumber and you’re ready to go.
      • Potato nests with radish, apple and beetroot – potentially this is one for only the more experienced cook or someone with some time on their hands, but your hard work will pay off as these little nests not only look beautiful but will taste amazing, just remember to use nice and floury potatoes like King Edwards rather than waxy ones (if you’re at a supermarket there’s usually a description of the potato by the name, telling you if it’s waxy or floury).
      • Tofu Stuffed Jalapenos – In my opinion these stuffed jalapenos are just as good as the cheese stuffed ones and can be made a day or two in advance. You just need to make sure everyone knows they are going to be biting down into a spicy jalapeno and doesn’t get a shock!
      • Onion Confit TartletsThese tartlets aren’t as tricky to make as might first assume as long as you cook the onions very, very slowly. This recipe has ricotta on top, but you can easily swap for hummus to make it vegan.
      • Buffalo Jackfruit Spinach Dip – In order to make this tasty and spicy dip you’ll need to get your hands on some jack fruit (the vegan’s new go-to everything food) but it’s worth making the effort because this recipe, like everything else on this website, is delicious. Just put it out along with some chopped up carrots, peppers and cucumbers and watch it all disappear.
      • Chocolate Chip Cookies – vegan chocolate is easy to find in most places now, often it’s advertised as being vegan, if not search out chocolate with a high coco content as it often doesn’t have any dairy ingredients. Once you have it these cookies are easy to make and super tasty, no-one will be able to tell they don’t have and egg in!

Making vegan finger food for a wake is easy to do and will keep everyone happy, especially if you are being sensitive to the feelings of others. If you want something more hearty and filling think about making a vegetable casserole or vegan chili, but either way there’s no reason to think that just because food is vegan it isn’t tasty!

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Best Practices for Handling Life Celebrations during COVI...

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Humans are social animals, and our need for belonginess and affection to our family is evident. So when it comes to losing our beloved’s life, it is a challenging task. It is a fact that we all are going to die, but to lose someone with limitations due to COVID is beyond the imagination. Now it has become a necessity to follow the rules and regulations for life celebrations. There are some practices for people, funeral directors, and religious directors to keep themselves away from the virus

The community should also follow these instructions to minimize the fear of COVID-19. However, these practices are problematic to do because of the grief and anxiety of death. But at the same time, these are essential while planning the visitations and funeral services.

A life celebration is a funeral service that usually happens at a place of interest where people gather to pay tribute. As we all know, the risk of COVID increased in gatherings, so everyone should perform some essential practices for handling life celebrations during COVID.

 

CHOOSE A SIGNATURE THEME

When it comes to arranging a life celebration for your loved one, you should select an appropriate theme that reflects the person’s personality. These include;

·         What were his hobbies?

·         What thing did he enjoy the most?

·         Which daily life activities did he love to do?

·         Which aspect of his personality do you like the most?

You should take all the habits and likings of that person into account while creating the theme. These essentials will reflect the subjectivity and uniqueness of your loved one. Due to the pandemic, all arrangements should be made accordingly by following the guidelines.

 

CENTER OF ATTENTION

 As the purpose of this celebration is to pay tribute to our loved ones. So the family and friends plan this event after some weeks of the funeral to remember the deceased’s presence. Many efforts are there to make the dead a “center of attention.” For instance,

·         Flower and floral arrangements are made that symbolizes the sparkle and bloom of the deceased’s life.

·         Different people share their experiences with him.

·         All the people display their photos with him. Moreover, people write about their experiences with the deceased in a memory book.

·         Due to the COVID situation, it would be good to play a slideshow or video of the deceased rather than any social performance.

 

FUN MEAL

The preparation of a good meal is an essential task of this event. The purpose of sharing a meal is to provide comfort and respect to those who come to pay tribute to the deceased. There is a need to follow the instructions given below to reduce the risk of Covid while sharing a meal.

·         Frequent hand wash;

·         Cover your face with a mask;

·         Use sanitizer;

·         Maintain adequate distance while eating; and,

·         Avoid handshake and physical contact.

 

CREATIVITY OF EVENT

The mainstream of celebration of life is to share memories, moments, life stories of the deceased. If you are planning to organize this event during COVID, you should make it more creative. This event’s ultimate goal is to spread laughter and happiness among the deceased’s relatives, so the following strategies would make this event more innovative.

·     To select an outdoor venue will be a better option during covid because it will provide sufficient space for maintaining distance.

·         If you are going to organize this event indoors, make sure there is proper ventilation and arrange it effectively by creating floral designs.

 

LIFE CELEBRATIONS PLAN

As we know, Covid has extensive effect in every sphere of our lives. While handling the Life Celebration, you should follow the given plan and pay attention to the precautionary measures. We can illustrate the concept of life celebration as

§  A life celebration requires a suitable time after the death of a person.

§  You have to decide on a special event, whether it will be a traditional one or a formal one.

§  Create a list of people and send them an invitation.

§  The use of flowers and florals will enhance the symphony of the event.

§  Select a suitable location by considering all requirements such as parking and wide area.

§  Organize the memories, photos, and videos that are going to use while paying tribute.

§  Enlist the hobbies, experiences, interests, and memories that you have spent with the descent.

§  Create a playlist of music and hymns that were liked by the deceased.

§  You can hire a caterer to serve food and beverages. You can also select those food items that were liked by the deceased.

§  Arrange a photographer to capture the memories of this event.

COVID PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES

§  Choose the time when the strength of the virus will relatively less.

§  Limit the time duration of the event.

§  Be aware of selecting the location and prefer an outdoor venue as there is enough space to maintain distance from others.

§  Try to limit the number of people as viruses multiply in gathering.

§  Practice frequent hand washing and avoid to use the accessories of others.

 

The idea is to make sure that as many details as possible focus on your loved one. It’s perfectly ok (and encouraged!) to celebrate unconventionally to fully commemorate your loved one and allow their friends and family to participate in something they enjoyed! Even though COVID makes things a bit more challenging – do your best to have fun, be creative and celebrate the life of your beloved.

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