Funeral operators in Japan have recently been offering online services for bereaved families to mourn their loved ones remotely, amid government calls to reduce person-to-person contact to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Nishida Sougisha, a funeral parlor in Nagoya is using a videoconferencing app to allow mourners to participate in services.

"A funeral is a time to say our final farewell to the deceased," a company official said. "We want people to utilize our services so as not to become estranged from others (while in quarantine)."