The global COVID 19 pandemic has disrupted the grieving process for many across Canada.
A number of restrictions, including putting a limit of 10 or less on gatherings has lead funeral homes and other services, to find alternative ways to hold funerals and celebrations of life.
"In our funeral home, we're just amazed at how quickly things have changed when it comes to physical distancing. We're limiting the number of people allowed at each service and changing the ways we do things," explained Libby Siebold, funeral director of Sobering Funeral Chapel.
She says in some situations those who have lost a loved one have either chosen to live stream the funeral service online or postpone it altogether.
"Most of our clients have chosen to postpone because they want their friends and family to be there. They want to share the experience, have a hug and want that human experience with their loved ones, with the community to say their final goodbye," said Siebold.
To make the grieving process more bearable, Siebold encourages those who have lost a loved one to be with their family, those who live under the same roof and to pray, share memories of their loved one, cook a special meal, bring out a special photo of the person who has passed or break out grandma's cookie recipe and bake it.
She also says it's great to get on to Facetime with immediate family and share memories such as favourite Bible passages and favourite foods.
"Don't try to suppress it. Feel your feelings, let it out. It's okay to cry," explains Siebold.
For those who are self-isolating and alone, she encourages them to pick up the phone and talk with family or find comfort in prayer.
Although services are being postponed, Siebold says they continue to hold burials as they are able to practice safe physical distancing when at a burial site.