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Koronaviruset make their mark on the Norwegian funerals for the time being. No one can hug and greet each other during the funerals and the families must resort to direktestrømming for more people to participate.

the Mother of Ellen Gjertsen Clark from Asker died at the same time with that reiserestriksjonene was introduced in Norway. Thus, it was difficult to gather the family, who at the time was spread around in countries like the USA, Canada and Dubai.

A son did not leave from the military due to korona situation. And an uncle was in the selvisolasjon, since he is in risikogruppa.

When it seemed that they only should be three pieces in the funeral services, they chose to postpone it indefinitely.

There was no way around it. To be together in their grief, so use it not to stream funeral services. It is painful to lose someone and not be able to hug each other, ” says Clark.

Can wait with funeral services

According to the Gravferdsloven should the deceased be buried within ten days after the death.

But what many do not know, is that one can wait with the laying in the grave for up to six months after the death – as long as the deceased is cremated within ten days after the death.

Clark had heard from family members in Canada that it was possible. It is a country with large distances where it is normal to delay the funeral so that you can collect more.

What makes one such deferral with the grieving process?

It is a bit both and. You will not have gone through it in the same way when you can’t be together. There is something very redeeming to hug someone. Grief is thus a little put lid on, and then you have to open it again later. But that is how it is with grief, ” she says.


the Family got in touch with the Worth funeral home, who has posted information on their websites that it is possible to postpone the ceremony.

– We feel that this is little known. There are several that take contact with us and are wondering how to conduct the funeral service in this korona situation. When we have experienced that several relatives have been relieved when they hear that it is possible to delay the ceremony, ” says managing director Henrik Tveter in Worth funeral home.

Henrik Tveter in Worth funeral home feel that it is little known that it is possible to postpone the funeral services for several months.

Photo: Nicolai Bauer

He says they start planning with a time, and follow up family week-to-week to find out when it will be possible to conduct the ceremony so the family will have it.

The most important thing is that the family’s wishes are met, ” says Tveter.

do not Know when it is funeral

It is still very uncertain when Ellen Gjertsen Clark and the rest of the family can conduct the funeral services of his mother.

– Currently, is everything a bit in the blue. We have thoughts about where and when, but it is difficult to plan anything now. Hopefully we will be able to get with the family within six months, as the law says. If not, we need to find another solution, ” she says.

Different cities have different rules for funerals. In Moss, it is only immediate family that may be present. In Oslo and Drammen there is a ceiling on 50 people, while in Asker and Bærum can there only be 15 people.

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