Responding to COVID-19: How We’re Supporting You with Virtual Funeral Solutions

Across the country, funeral homes have been challenged to get creative in the wake of the COVID-19 health crisis.

Public gatherings are being banned, social distancing is strongly recommended, and we’re being told to stay home as much as possible. While it’s a difficult time for everyone, it requires special finesse for mortuary institutions. At Evan W. Smith Funeral Services, we’re working hard to find ways where people can still gather and grieve together as a community without being physically in the same location.

Despite the coronavirus pandemic and all of its upheaval, life—and death—go on.

Here are several options that Evan W. Smith Funeral Services is currently employing to make it safer for family members and friends to grieve at a time when communities worldwide must avoid close contact:

  • Live-streaming: We're proud to provide live streaming of funerals and memorial servicesto help keep our communities safe while still connecting loved ones during their time of loss. This technology gives families the peace of mind that they can still mourn together, albeit virtually. Using best in class recording equipment, we’re able to provide high-quality funeral webcasts for friends and family from any location, whether they’re down the street or across the globe.
  • Recorded services: In addition to a live feed, we’re happy to provide your family with a lasting memorial of the event. This allows those who are invited to view recordings of the service at their convenience. The recordings can be offered through public or private viewing options from a shareable link or directly from our obituaries. These videos are a wonderful way to preserve the funeral service for viewing by future generations.
  • Online memorials and video condolences: Our fully-interactive tool creates an archive of treasured words of comfort, photographs and stories shared by friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers. You can invite others to visit the online memorial, where they can upload video condolences and images, light a virtual memorial candle, send a sympathy card, share stories, write heart-felt messages of condolence, or make a charitable donation in memory of your loved one.

For some families, holding a memorial service at a later date is a good alternative to a traditional funeral.

If you’re planning on burial, you might choose to have a small, private graveside service at the time of burial, with just your closest family members in attendance. Then you can plan a larger public memorial service later when it’s safe to gather publicly. For cremation, you can have a small, private family gathering at the crematorium or funeral home if you wish, or you can skip that step and simply plan for a memorial service at a later date.

Evan W. Smith Funeral Services is here to offer our service and support during difficult times. While these current challenges are unlike anything any of us has ever experienced, we assure you that we remain focused on your safety and on providing the same first-class, dignified service for which we are renowned. Thank you for trusting us with the care of your loved one.

We understand the need for sensitivity, compassion, and comfort during your saddest hours. Your family can trust that ours will be there when you need us most. If you have questions or need to make funeral arrangements, please contact our caring professionals.

About Evan W. Smith Funeral Services: Since 2009, residents of Wilmington, Dover, and the surrounding Delaware community have relied on the caring staff at Evan W. Smith Funeral Services to help them through their darkest hours. Family-owned and operated, the company offers an array of elite funeral care services, including traditional funerals, cremations, memorials, pre-planning and more. With decades of experience in caring for families from all cultural backgrounds and diverse walks of life, Evan W. Smith Funeral Services is committed to creating memorable, uplifting experiences that always exceed expectations. For more information, please visit

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