Corona Effect: Digital Condolence For The Departed

Fri Mar 27 2020 09:32:58 GMT+0530 (IST)

How does one offer condolences in times of Corona when everyone is under lockdown and no more than ten people are allowed to attend cremation? Even the best of the friends and the closest of the relations would not be able to turn up to pay tributes. A Gujarat village has shown the way by organising digital condolence meet for a person who departed.

In Pansari village of Gujarat, 60-year-old Jayantibhai Darjee died on Friday. But, there was no way the friends and relatives could join his last journey. But the village's former sarpanch Himanshu Patel has suggested a digital condolence meet for Jayanti Bhai. Accordingly, a laptop and a camera was set up in front of a bust of Jayantibhai and the condolence was livestreamened on Facebook. All his friends, relatives,  including his son, who lives in Mumbai, and daughter, who lives in Ahmedabad,  condoled his death. Patel says over 300 persons offered their condolence through the digital mode.

Patel said that this mode was adopted to ensure that there was no possibility of Corona virus spreading. A large gathering and a huge funeral procession could only mean that there is a higher possibility of the infection spreading.