My dad passed away a week ago today, after developing Covid. It was an experience like no other.
I have been busy the past week making arrangements for honoring my dad with a high quality and meaningful memorial service that will replace a traditional funeral. His city is currently being hit hard by this illness.
I am also planning an outdoor “scattering day of roses” and presentation of a custom built park bench to his a nature trail near his childhood home in another part of the state. These memorials cannot be produced over night.
I am also dealing with after death responsibilities and I live 5 hours away.
His obituary clearly states the plans. I have clearly stated the plans to his loved ones. I have verbally repeated and clarified in writing these plans.
So many people seem to not understand that due to this public heath crisis that ultimately took my dad’s life... and for safety reasons... there will be no traditional funeral.
I’m already exhausted from events from the past three months... and now people not able or willing to understand the seriousness of public health in their own city.
Some people are even asking very personal questions... that do not concern them. However, this repeated question of “When is the funeral???” has become more than I can take. If they cannot understand multiple responses in various forms of communication....then may God help them.