Pandemic celebration of life events


Today’s post shares an additional way to celebrate when having a traditional party would violate public health orders. I plan to keep this resource in mind, even for times when gatherings and travel are considered safe.

Recently, the minister of music at my church decided to leave his post to pursue his passion for arranging and composing music. Pre-pandemic, we would have had a big cake at coffee time after church. People would have lined up to thank him, wish him well, and tell him what they appreciated about his work with us. No doubt, the memory would have become a blur quite quickly.


Someone in the congregation came up with the idea of asking people to record on their phone what they wanted to say to him and send it to VidDay. For a nominal fee, the company spliced all the messages together and created a video we all saw and that he can keep.

A couple of months later, my sister and brother-in-law celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. I suggested VidDay to my niece, and she invited a broad swath of their friends and family to record a greeting.
In preparing what I would say in my short video, I processed much emotion. I recalled the excitement in the farmhouse when my now brother-in-law’s car pulled into our driveway for their first date in 1953. I remembered many experiences that ensued, leading to their day of celebration.


It felt miraculous that I could record my thoughts and feelings on my balcony in Vancouver one day, and they could experience them the next in their sunroom in Ontario. Phones and moving picture technology have come a long way. So have I. So have they.


I chuckled when I realized that one of the few things, besides their relationship, that endures from 1953 is that Queen Elizabeth is still on the throne.

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