Guide for Christian Funerals During COVID-19

Massachusetts Council of Churches, March 24, 2020.


Prompted by COVID-19 health concerns, this ecumenical funeral guide shares logistical details and pastoral considerations for funerals.


sample funeral policy, succinct guidelines for planning and conducting a funeral during COVID-19

Recommended Audience

clergy, chaplains, and bereavement committee



Practical Applications

  • Follow recommended health guidelines for a funeral service during COVID-19 while providing pastoral care for grieving families.
  • Adopt a funeral policy for your congregation by using the sample COVID-19 policy provided.

About the Contributor

Kara Faris

Kara Faris is the Center’s director of resource grants and resource consulting, as well as a resource consultant to congregations. She previously served for eight years as the Center’s education director.

Before working at the Center, Kara served First Friends Meeting of Indianapolis as associate pastor. With a degree in marketing from Butler University’s College of Business Administration and a master of divinity degree from Christian Theological Seminary, Kara brings a blend of pragmatism, intuition and passion for lifelong learning to the Center. Kara has authored Including Laity in Education Events Empowers Congregations and co-authored the book Divergent Church.

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