As our President noted recently, funerals have become a death trap for many South Africans. Although it is deeply ingrained in all of us to provide a fitting send-off for our departed loved one, we are in the grip of a deadly pandemic. The typical funeral activities that usually occur are increasing everyone’s exposure to risk.
Accordingly, the COVID pandemic has changed funeral rituals, not only in South Africa but all over the world. The South African government was forced to introduce new measures to reduce the disease's risk by curtailing traditionally large funerals.