COVID-19 Changes Funerals and How Families Grieve

Kate Merriwether, Seattle.

Amy Cunningham, licensed funeral home director and owner, Fitting Tribute Funeral Services, Brooklyn, NY.

Char Barrett, funeral director and founder, A Sacred Moment, Everett, WA.

Douglas “Dutch” Nie, funeral director and owner, Nie Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Ann Arbor, MI.

Sherry Bensimon, funeral director, Riverside Chapel, Manhattan, NY. 

Boyd Mothe Jr., president and CEO, Mothe Funeral Homes, Orleans and Jefferson parishes, LA.

Christopher Robinson, board member, National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA); funeral director, Robinson Funeral Homes, Easley, SC.

Mike Lanotte, JD, executive director, New York State Funeral Directors Association, Albany.

Insider: “Washington state bans non-immediate family members from attending funerals due to social-distancing recommendations.” “Coronavirus funeral rules: State loosens policy; immediate family can attend.”

The Seattle Times: “Honor the dead, protect the living: Coronavirus-era funeral bans make a tough time even tougher.”

National Public Radio: “Tracking The Pandemic: How Quickly Is The Coronavirus Spreading State By State?”

Fox 2 Detroit: “Michigan confirms 633 new COVID-19 cases, 83 more deaths on Sunday.”

WDSU 6 News: “Coronavirus updates in Louisiana: 24,523 COVID-19 cases in state; 1,328 deaths reported.”

ProPublica: “There’s Been a Spike in People Dying at Home in Several Cities. That Suggests Coronavirus Deaths Are Higher Than Reported.”

Fitting Tribute Funeral Services: “Our Funeral Director.”

A Sacred Moment: “Staff.”

New York State Funeral Directors Association: “Officers and Staff.”

New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner: “City Burial.”

National Funeral Directors Association: “NFDA Calls Up First Volunteers For COVID-19 Funeral Home Relief Efforts.”

Dignity Memorial: “Who We Are, The Dignity Memorial network.”

Jewish Telegraph Agency: “What preparing a Jewish body for burial is really like.” “Home Funeral Laws: An Overview.”

Louisiana Office of the Governor: “Gov. Edwards Signs Proclamation Making it Easier for Out of State Medical Professionals to Practice in Louisiana, Updating Funeral Guidance Related to COVID-19.” “Our Acclaimed Staff.”

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