Since people are spending a majority of time at home, participants may need time to emotionally and energetically transition from something other activities at home into the memorial event. A short arrival phase gives participants time to reorient and be better prepared to wholly take part in a memorial.
The arrival creates a feeling of everyone being in a shared experience. This time gives participants an opportunity to feel:
You are in the right place.
You are connected with everyone else
Everyone is seeing/hearing the same thing
Mood setting… A moment to transition out of their personal reality and whatever was happening before the event
Aesthetically relevant (see an image, an altar, hear music, hear chatter, see chat)
Video stream of an altar or physical memorial space. The altar could have: photos of your loved one, flowers, items significant to the honoree, religious symbols.
[add link to altar]
Show a slide with an image of the deceased
Put a prompt on screen asking attendees to maintain silence, and to ask questions to use the "chat" function if they have issues
Play music (this may be a good opportunity to play music with no words)
**Link to arrival playlist
Open the room 10 minutes prior to the start time. Arrival should end 3-5 minutes after the scheduled start time, to give people a small buffer to be late.