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How loved ones are coping with funeral restrictions

People are learning and developing new ways of mourning with the continuation of coronavirus. Learn ways in which people are getting creative.

GMCT partner with Melbourne University's research team, 'DeathTech'. Their team member, Hannah Gould, was interviewed for an article in The Canberra Times, exploring how funeral practice is adapting to COVID-19 conditions:

There are other ways in which funerals may change permanently, according to Dr Hannah Gould, an anthropologist at the University of Melbourne who studies the rituals of death around the world.

"We want to be careful and not make universal judgements,” she told The Canberra Times. People grieve and remember the dead in different ways, not just in different countries but within Australia.

There were new ways of remembering people, like drawing up Spotify play-lists of their music where the mourners each chose a favourite song associated with the deceased. The playlist could be shared and happy memories triggered.

People could meet on video chat sites to remember the dead, perhaps after watching a live-stream of the funeral.

She said that when a friend of her father’s died, his pals organised a trivia night in his memory. 

Mourning takes many new forms. 

“It takes a bit of creativity,” Dr Gould said, with approval.

Read the full article here.

Find out more about Melbourne University's DeathTech and their research.