Ever since COVID-19 arrived, things have been different. While some of these things have gone back to normal, some of them have created a “new normal”. One such thing is holding virtual services. While once these services had to be held virtually due to restrictions, many families are still choosing to have at least a virtual element to their in-person services. If you are attending a virtual service after a loved one’s cremation services in Murfreesboro, TN. there are some things you should know.
Just as there are rules and ways to act in an in-person situation, attending a service virtually also has etiquette that should be followed. Just because you are not attending the service live doesn’t mean you get to slack in the manners. To ensure you practice good etiquette, keep reading to learn what to do (as well as what not to do) for a virtual service.
Arrive on Time
Even though this is a virtual service, arriving to your computer, logging on and being there when the service starts is just as important as it is when attending in person. A good rule of thumb is to “arrive” 10 minutes early. This will give you time to log on and deal with any technical issues that may arise.
Let People See You
It is nice to make sure you have your web camera on. This shows people that you are there and present. It is much more respectful than just showing a black screen. If you have to leave your computer for a few minutes, you could turn your camera off, but make sure to turn it on as soon as you return.
Remember- You’re on Camera!
Having your camera on means you need to be conscious of what you are doing, and what else is going behind you. Make sure you are not doing anything distracting such as eating, writing notes, playing on your phone, or doing any other multitasking. Make sure your full focus is on the service.
To help attendees not get distracted, make sure your environment is free from things that may take the focus off the service an onto you. For example, your dog may be the cutest one in the world, but now is not the time for it to run in the room and jump up on your lap.
Don’t Let Others Hear You
While you want your camera on so that the host and other attendees can see you, you want to make sure your microphone is on mute. This helps keep all of the focus on the service and not your cat meowing in the background or your kids running down the hallway.
Dress As If You Are Attending In Person
When you dress differently, you feel differently. This service is a solemn and honoring event, dress appropriately. Wear the clothes you would if you were attending the service in person. This will help you feel more in tune with the present moment and since you will be on camera, it shows others that you care and respect this service.
If you are considering having a virtual service after your loved one’s cremation services in Murfreesboro, TN. let us know as we can help you set it up and stream it live. Our funeral directors have the knowledge and expertise in this area and can answer your questions and help you get started.