The trend comes amid advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that funerals should be limited to only the closest family members and streamed online for everyone else.
The CDC advised livestreaming funeral services to maintain “social distancing,” not because of a risk of being infected from a deceased person who died from COVID-19.
“As you think about planning for the event, limit the number of people, if possible, use livestreaming options and perhaps only immediate family on hand,” said Dr. David Berendes, an epidemiologist at CDC, during a recent webinar with the National Funeral Directors Association and funeral homes throughout the U.S.
Yet, other nations have taken more drastic measures. In Ireland, the Irish Association of Funeral Directors has suggested all services be postponed.
As of Monday, Italy had nearly 30,000 cases of the virus, with more than 2,000 confirmed deaths in the country, second only to China.