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Lockdown-era Zoom funerals are upending religious traditions—and they may change the way we grieve forever

They seem eerie, but online funerals could prove emancipatory

By Poppy Wood  

“The funeral industry is deeply conservative” explains Tony Walter, Professor Emeritus of Death Studies at the University of Bath: “But the pandemic might just act as a stimulus for wide-scale change.” Photo: Prospect Composite with A Funeral, Anna Ancher (1891)

When a parish member mentioned the word Zoom to Reverend Simon White a few weeks ago, he thought they were talking about an ice lolly—specifically, the rainbow-coloured sister to the better-known Fab. “I thought, ‘oh that’s one of those ice creams you used to get for 20p or so’—I’d…

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