Not just studies, people attending funeral on Zoom app

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Hospital staffers and relatives wearing safety masks at the last rites of a person who died due to Nipah virus. -Photo courtesy News 18

The Hush Post| 17:25 pm|one- minute-read|

While students are joining online across the world for studies on the Zoom app – the platform has also become a live funeral and memorial services for many to connect with families and friends during this hour of crisis.
Several social media users have revealed how they participated in last rites and memorial services of their near and dear ones on Zoom in the midst of social distancing amid lockdown when all-kind of gatherings are banned.
Joanne B Freeman, a US historian and tenured Professor of History and Maerican Studies at Yale university tweeted: “My friend’s brother died from COVID-19. I’m putting this here because it’s easy to get lost in numbers, generalizations, dates, (false) dismissals of this virus & its costs. This is close. And it’s real. We’re having a Zoom memorial tonite. What a sentence to have to write”. 

According to reports, in the Zoom funeral, you can have many family members actually interacting within the service again.

Jennifer Schuessler, a culture reporter with the New York Times, tweeted: “So sorry! Went to Zoom memorial yesterday for an 89-yr-old friend who died at home, likely Covid. Strange thing to type indeed, esp since she was so old-school she didn’t have an Internet connxn, & spent the past 6 mos happily burning thru stockpiled Ellery Queen paperbacks”.

At McDermott-Crockett Mortuary in Santa Barbara, California, they have joined the ranks of private business and schools and are offering services through Zoom.


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