The Irish funeral in the time of coronavirus


PODCAST: Padraic Cawley has been a civil funeral celebrant for a decade and has never experienced anything to compare to the reality of funeral services during the time of Covid-19.

What does it mean for a funeral service when you can’t shake hands, embrace or even carry the coffin of a loved one? He shares the current guidelines for families and how they can always revisit memorial services in the future when the pandemic subsides.

Padraic also explains the innovative ways people are showing sympathy and solidarity when they are no longer allowed to attend as services can only be for ten people. At one service, the chapel was populated with individual floral tributes on each seat and how families can attend via video apps.