If anyone had told me a year ago that I’d be taking part in a Zoom wake I would have thought they were into science fiction. But that’s exactly what I did the day before yesterday. And it was beautiful. For a half hour the group gathered on Zoom before watching the Mass being said (in a lovely little empty church) for Velia. After that we spent an hour and a half doing what people do at wakes. Catching up with people we hadn’t seen for a long time, sharing stories, and looking at photos of Velia. The Zoom host even delivered what amounted to a lovely eulogy. After the Zoom meeting, my daughter and son and I agreed in separate phone calls that the event had provided a beautiful and meaningful closure. It was almost like the after-wake chats that usually take place in the parking lot before the group breaks up.

So you can share with us, I’ve included a couple of photos of Velia.

Posted May 1, 2020 by Mona Gustafson Affinito in Uncategorized

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  1. Beautiful lady. Good to know it was a positive, healing experience.

  2. Thanks for noticing and commenting. Stay safe

  3. While a successful adaptation of resources at a time of social distancing, this could have a place for families and friends separated by many miles. It probably did require some skill that not all hosts might have access to.

    Nancy J Gustafson
    • Indeed it did require some skill — Val’s facility with Zoom and, with Doug’s. helpI think, finding a way to include the Mass, and knowledge of how to show the photos. But none of that is beyond the pale of someone who wants to do it. Certainly a simple Zoom conference is easy. I would like it if it became a template for other’s looking for a way to celebrate a deceased loved one.

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