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With a pandemic of grief in the wake of COVID-19, there are many practical steps that Australian charities can take to help supporters.

in-memory fundraisingOriginally published September 2020

Since the full scale of COVID-19 began to reveal itself back in March this year, many of us have seen our lives change fundamentally – not least in the way we regard our families, our communities, even our natural environment. But nowhere has change been felt more acutely and painfully than in our ability to say goodbye to the people we love.

According to a report by Co-op Funeral Care, Britain’s leading funeral provider, between March and May this year, around 9.7 million mourners were unable to attend the funeral of someone close to them and 243,000 families were denied the send-off they would have chosen for their special person. As crematoria and churches closed their doors, lovingly orchestrated funeral plans had to be reigned in or cancelled outright, friends and relatives turned away. Nearly three quarters of those who did make it to a funeral found themselves in the select company of 10 mourners…
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