While many of us are familiar with platforms and software like this for connecting with our work, we may not be as comfortable using this avenue to attend a service. Even further, those who have not used this software for work or school may find it confusing and intimidating. If you have been invited to a virtual service, here are some things you should know.
The first thing to know about attending a virtual service is how you will gain access. For example, if the service is going to be held over a Zoom video call, you will need to access Zoom online and create an account. You will then be given the “meeting room” information and able to access the service.
If the service is going to be held over a social platform, such as Facebook live, you will need to make sure you have a Facebook account and connect with the service host. Since there are myriad ways to hold a virtual service check with the host of the service to ensure you are connecting with the right platform.
Be On Time
Just as with in-person service, you want to be respectful, and you want to be on time. You should aim to be ready to attend 5-10 minutes early. This will allow you time to connect to the service and have the host permit you access. It will also give you time to check your camera and microphone. This is especially important if you are set to speak during the service.
What to Wear
Many people may feel that since they are attending the service from their homes, it is okay to dress down. However, this is not the case. Your attire should be as if you were attending the service in person.
Get Rid of Distractions
When you are attending a service from home, there can be several distractions that might pop up. It’s essential to remove any of these before the funeral service. These distractions could take your focus away from the service such as your kids or pets needing your attention. They could also be disturbances that bother other viewers such as playing with your camera or microphone, eating or doing other activities, etc., during the service.
While a virtual service may not be the same as an in-person one, it is a great option when families want to provide social distancing. It is also a wonderful option for those families who may have an in-person service but want to offer friends and family members who are unable to travel to funeral homes in Murfreesboro, TN, a way to be still able to attend.