Updated: Jul 14
Zoom is an especially useful platform for holding virtual memorial services and handling large, live video meetings. Here, we discuss how to attend a virtual funeral over Zoom for those who are new to the technology.
How to attend the Zoom service:
Check the tribute website of the recently deceased for information about the memorial service, such as the date, time, and Zoom link. This should also be available if you received a separate invitation from the event organizer.
Click on the Zoom link (unique to your specific event). This is the virtual platform where the event will be taking place.
You will now see a page asking to launch or install the Zoom application. Either of these options will work.
Once Zoom has been launched, type in your full name and email address when prompted.
Before the memorial service, you will be placed in a virtual waiting room until the event starts.
Your microphone may be muted out of respect for the family. Once in the meeting, settings related to your video and audio can be found in the lower left hand corner.
After the memorial service begins, you may have the opportunity to interact with the family by leaving a message in the “Chat”.
To do this, press the “Chat” button on Zoom. This is the virtual equivalent of signing a guestbook or writing a condolence message. The family will be able to see these messages during and after the memorial service.
Some tips for attendees:
Join the virtual memorial service at least 10 minutes before the scheduled time in order to resolve any technology issues.
Dress appropriately and respectfully for the occasion. If your camera is on, people will be able to see you.
Find a quiet place to attend the virtual memorial service. Choose a space with a professional looking background or select an appropriate virtual background.
For more information on choosing a virtual background, check out our article Selecting a Virtual Funeral Background.