Funeral homes are making changes due to the pandemic.
Social distancing restricts the number of mourners allowed inside funeral homes. Some are still operating, but only allowing 10 people inside at a time.
“Face-to-face contact, hearing a person’s voice, physically being able to get a hug, a handshake – you can’t replace those things,” Josh Miller said. He’s the president and fifth-generation owner of Miller Funeral and Cremation Services.
He admits that it is a heart-wrenching set of circumstances.
“For families that want to have burials take place when the pandemic lifts, we’re able to keep folks in our care – as opposed to telling families they need to have services immediately or look for other options,” Miller added.
Employees who prepare the bodies for burial or cremation must wear personal protective equipment. Families are also asked to limit touching their loved ones during open casket viewings.