With Social Distancing Now the New Normal, Funeralocity.com and Lantern.co Bring Together Innovative Platforms, Technologies and Services to Make Planning Services and Beyond More Seamless and Accessible.
New York – March 30, 2020 – Funeralocity.com, the nation’s only free, up-to-date price comparison website for funeral home costs, and Lantern, a single source of guidance for navigating life before and after a death, have joined together to help people grieving the loss of a loved one during the coronavirus outbreak, including the emergence of virtual funerals. With the global death toll rising, families are dealing with unimaginable circumstances when putting those who have passed to final rest. In addition to social distancing/ stay-at-home restrictions, funeral homes are overburdened with services while dealing with their own business challenges. Out of this has emerged virtual services, enabling loved ones to pay respects even when homebound. But where to even start? Funeralocity.com and Lantern have brought together some of the most innovative platforms and technologies to help those planning such services conduct them seamlessly.
Joining the two brands are Trust & Will, a digital platform that enables people to plan trusts and estates online; Crisis Text line, which provides free 24-hour counseling via SMS; 1Password, which helps safeguard passwords during the pre-planning stages; Gathering Us, a platform that creates virtual memorials; Life Web, a website providing memorial scrapbooks; Give in Kind, which helps families and friends support grieving loved ones; and Grief Coach, which provides grief counseling by SMS.
Collectively, these services help users find funeral home prices and locations online, via funeralocity.com and arrange services and manage logistics, via Lantern, while others help with the delay of funerals until social distancing restrictions are lifted (which often involves storing bodies), conduct services via live streaming, plan cremations/ storage of ashes, and create online remembrances.
“The coronavirus has changed daily life in America and abroad, and unfortunately brought a new awareness and urgency to how we honor those who have passed with funeral services in a very difficult environment,” said Ed Michael Reggie, founder and CEO of Funeralocity.com. “Our platform was built on providing users the most up-to-date information about the nation’s funeral homes, but there is now a pressing need to show people how they can do this virtually while complying with socially distancing restrictions. And so, we have partnered with Lantern, which is a fantastic online resource for pre-planning and post loss services, to help users navigate this new reality. Together, we are sharing what we know and recommending seven other platforms to make the process easier and more accessible to those grieving.”
“Planning a funeral is often the toughest experience you will go through, and coronavirus has made that infinitely more difficult,” said Liz Eddy, Co-Founder and CEO of Lantern. “Our company was built on making the entire process easier, at every stage. And part of that mission is to give our users as much information and resources as possible when planning these services. Together, with funeralocity.com, we have brought together a team of the most inventive, practical and useful platforms and technologies so people say goodbye to their loved ones with compassion, honor and sensitivity even under these present circumstances.”
Funeralocity.com and Lantern recommend:
Funeralocity is the only up-to-date price comparison for funeral homes online. With a simple search of city or zip code, users can find prices, locations and contacts for funeral homes and crematories across the US. There has a never been a resource like this that makes the process of searching and finding the right funeral home easier and more transparent. All the prices listed on www.funeralocity.com are collected and verified independently.
Lantern, a public benefit corporation, is the single source of guidance for navigating life before and after a death. The platform offers free, custom roadmaps to make sure you or a loved one have everything in order. Whether you’re pre-planning or recently lost someone, Lantern has all of the tools, resources and services you need to confidently manage the situation while processing the loss of a loved one. Pre-planning? Learn about advanced directives or use our prompts to document your history. Recently lost someone? Choose the right burial or cremation option or find grief counseling. No matter your situation, you’ll find everything you need in one place. Plus, all the illustrations on lantern.co are made in honor of a lost loved one.
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