Washington Post: Biden administration to launch massive funeral assistance program for covid victims

Washington Post: Biden administration to launch massive funeral assistance program for covid victims. “The Biden administration next week will launch a funeral assistance program that will provide up to $9,000 to cover the burial costs of each American who died of covid-19 — the largest program of its type ever offered by the federal government. The program is open to families regardless of their income, as long as they show documentation and have not already received similar benefits through another program.”

FEMA: COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

FEMA: COVID-19 Funeral Assistance. “Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. We are working with stakeholder groups to get their input on ways we can best provide this assistance, and to enlist their help with outreach to families and communities. FEMA will begin to implement COVID-19 funeral assistance in April.”

Coronavirus: Man, 90, goes online to offer funeral prayers (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Man, 90, goes online to offer funeral prayers. “A man who helps grieving Hindu families has been holding prayers and ceremonies over the internet during the coronavirus lockdown. Narandas Adatia, 90, is known as Bapuji or ‘father’ in Leicester, where he has been offering the rituals – spoken in Gujarati – for decades. When he was forced to shield during the coronavirus pandemic he learned how to hold them online instead.”

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: More than 100 years of African American funeral programs now online

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: More than 100 years of African American funeral programs now online. “The Digital Library of Georgia recently added more than 3,000 African American funeral home programs from Atlanta and throughout the Southeast to its vast collection of online sources. The programs span from 1886 to 2019 and can be great sources of information for genealogists. The materials that were digitized were contributed by the Auburn Avenue Research Library of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, the Wesley Chapel Genealogy Group and the Metro-Atlanta Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society. Funding came from Georgia HomePlace, a program of the Georgia Public Library Service.”

CNET: How to plan a remote funeral and grieve a loved one during the coronavirus pandemic

CNET: How to plan a remote funeral and grieve a loved one during the coronavirus pandemic. “Online resources and tools are no replacement for a gathering of loved ones and friends, but they can help families organize online memorials, memory books and donations made in your loved one’s memory. We present some resources to help plan a remote funeral or memorial and otherwise honor those who have died as a result of COVID-19. Remember that performing a physical act can sometimes help you regain some agency during a situation you can’t otherwise control.”

CNN: Funerals are the latest part of American life to move online

CNN: Funerals are the latest part of American life to move online. “Isabel Cabrera Galindo was a social woman who loved gardening, going to church and drinking beer. But when the 82-year-old recently died of natural causes, her friends and family were told they couldn’t attend the funeral in person. Instead, they watched the burial via a livestream. But many either couldn’t figure out how to use it or struggled to hear key parts of it.”

Wired: Now Even Funerals Are Livestreamed—and Families Are Grateful

Wired: Now Even Funerals Are Livestreamed—and Families Are Grateful . “In a culture obsessed with tweeting and Instagramming every moment of life, it’s little surprise that streaming extends to death. Funeral livestreaming services have been around for more than a decade, but the practice has recently exploded in popularity, says Bryant Hightower, president-elect of the National Funeral Directors Association.”

Politics. co. uk: Humanists UK launches first ever funeral tribute archive

Politics. co. uk: Humanists UK launches first ever funeral tribute archive. “The life stories of ordinary people who have their death marked with a humanist funeral are to be immortalised for all time, thanks to a new initiative from Humanists UK. Working with the Bishopsgate Institute, they have created the first national online archive of funeral tributes from the thousands of funerals conducted by their celebrants each year. The Humanist Funeral Tribute Archive is being launched today and will be accessible through the Bishopsgate Institute’s online Catalogue.”

Digital Library of Georgia: African American Funeral Programs from the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library System Collection Expanded

Digital Library of Georgia: African American Funeral Programs from the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library System Collection Expanded. “Georgia HomePLACE, the Digital Library of Georgia (DLG), and the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library System are pleased to announce the addition of over 10,000 digitized pages of African American funeral programs to the Augusta Public Library’s Eula M. Ramsey Johnson Memorial Funeral Program Collection. Spanning 1933-2017 and consisting of over 3,000 programs, the digital collection provides both a rich source of genealogical information and local history about the African American community. Programs are freely available online through the DLG.”

Plus55: Brazil’s “Social Media Funerals” Include Live Video Streaming and Message Sharing

Plus55: Brazil’s “Social Media Funerals” Include Live Video Streaming and Message Sharing. “Throughout Brazil, funeral homes are taking on a new business. Offering live video streaming and message sharing, these ‘social media funerals’ cater to an increasingly online lifestyle. Many Brazilian family and friends live in different states, or even different countries, making it difficult to attend every funeral. As a result, more and more funeral homes are offering the service. In fact, an estimated 10 percent of the 5,500 funeral homes in Brazil offer an online streaming service.”