Arranging a funeral is often a stressful and overwhelming time for everyone involved.
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic made the process of funerals even harder on loved ones due to various restrictions put in place.
There are restrictions on funerals at a federal, state and territory level to try and slow the spread of COVID-19. These restrictions affect the funeral process, the number of guests that can attend, and a number of other areas.
In this article, we’re going to look at how funerals have changed in Queensland during COVID-19 to help you understand the restrictions surrounding funerals.
How Have Funerals Changed In Queensland During COVID-19?
As of December 18, 2021, there are no current vaccination requirements or rules for those attending a funeral. There are other restrictions, however, including the 1 person per 2 square metre rule.
There is also a limit of 200 people who can attend a funeral – or 100% allocated seating and ticketing limits, whichever is greater. If a funeral is occurring at home, you’re only allowed 100 guests in attendance. It’s worth noting that there is no limit on the number of guests if the funeral is in a public outdoor space.
Masks are required in all indoor settings, including funerals. If the funeral is outdoors, you will not have to wear a mask, provided that you remain at least 1.5 metres away from other people in attendance.
Funerals can be attended by individuals that are unvaccinated. Sometimes, funerals can happen at short notice, which can make it challenging to ensure all attendees are vaccinated.
Although vaccines aren’t mandatory, funerals must still comply with guest attendance limits and density limits to reduce the risk of transmission.
Things To Do If You Can’t Attend A Funeral
Due to the limited capacity that is still an issue for funerals, there are circumstances where you may be unable to attend. If that is the case, there are other ways to show your support for those that have lost a loved one and to remember the deceased.
Below are some suggestions that you can employ if you can’t attend a funeral:
- Watch the live broadcast: Speak with the family of the deceased to find out if they are providing a live broadcast of the funeral service. If they are, you can attend the service virtually and pay your respects that way. It can also be recorded and saved for later so that it can be viewed at another time.
- Set up a personal memorial: If you’re unable to attend due to guest limits, you might want to consider setting up a personal memorial at home or elsewhere. This can include setting up a memorial that includes pictures of the deceased, messages from loved ones or other spiritual or sentimental tokens.
- Send flowers: A simple gesture, such as a bouquet of flowers or a thoughtful card, can be a good way to show your respect to the deceased and show your condolences to the bereaved. This can be sent directly to the funeral home for the ceremony or addressed to the bereaved so it makes it to their home.
- Sign the online guest book: In some cases, there may be an online guest book for the funeral that is used by friends and family to sign and send their respects and condolences. These messages are often a helpful reminder that the deceased was loved and cherished by a lot of people. It can also act as a memorial of sorts that can be viewed at a later date to remember the deceased. Social media can be a good platform to try this on.
- Make a donation in their name: If the deceased was affiliated with charitable organisations, consider making a donation in their honour. This can act as a tribute to their legacy and help an organisation that the deceased would have cared about.
- Make a recording: If you have anything that you would like to share at the funeral, such as a piece of music or a speech, consider recording it and ask the funeral director to play it. You should discuss this with the family of the bereaved beforehand.
- Speak to other attendees: Following the funeral service, contact guests that were in attendance to discuss how it went. This could also be a good opportunity to speak with them about the deceased and swap memories and stories.
Contact us today to discuss your requirements further or to find out more about the latest changes to funerals in Queensland.