How can a family reunion be organized during a coronavirus pandemic?

Ronald W. Holmes, Ph.D.

Special to the Capital Outlook 

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has changed the way families live, work, congregate, and communicate. Some of these drastic changes include children attending virtual school, congregations attending virtual church services, sports fans watching games on television and visitors being restricted from entering the hospital to see their loved ones.

Considering the state of our economy and the dangers of COVID-19, families are increasingly in need of support from their loved ones. Many families have been laid off from work, faced with food insecurities and struggled to pay their bills. They have also resorted to using their retirement funds for survival.  During the best and worst of times, one way for families to gain unconditional support is through family reunions. As families are confronted with this new normalcy, the critical question to be asked is: How can a family reunion be organized during a pandemic? 

My latest book, “A Roadmap for planning an in person and virtual family reunion during a pandemic” focuses on key points to start, structure, coordinate, implement, oversee, and evaluate the effectiveness of a family reunion on land, sea, and virtually. The book uses colorful illustrations and real-life examples from families who have successfully planned family reunions for more than 50 years. Using virtual meeting format, this book explains how a reunion can be successfully organized during a pandemic. The book will be released in March 2021 and available for purchase through; Barnes & Noble; and Authorhouse.  Be the first to order this book and use it as a resource to plan your next family reunion whether it is held in person or virtually. 

Dr. Ronald Holmes is the author of 23 books and publisher of “The Holmes Education Post,” an education focused Internet newspaper. Holmes is a former teacher, school administrator, test developer and district superintendent.

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