As we move into the weekend we bring you some reading material including an article on how the indigent funeral program in Ohio has more requests than usual because of a combination of not only COVID-19 deaths, but an uptick in opioid deaths as well.
We also bring you a video and news story out of Buffalo that tells of a crematory about to re-open after paying a fine and being temporarily shut down by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Finally, we have several stories of how funeral homes and their employees have adapted during the 2020 “Pandemic Year”. There is no doubt that most funeral homes and funeral home staff were unwavering in their support for the families that they served and also ingenious in some of the ways that they did serve.
Some of these stories reveal how the funeral directors, in spite of their own fears, carried on to help those who had lost loved ones. Quite frankly, that is the true story of service above self, or selflessness, among funeral directors that has always been shown in our profession.
- Indigent burial program may see more action amid opioid epidemic, COVID-19 pandemic. News 5 ABC. Cleveland (OH)
- Amigone crematory can re-open after being fined $7,500; elected officials voice concern. News video and print article. WGRZ NBC 2 – Buffalo (NY)
- St. John’s funeral home directors recall 2020 as challenging, emotional year with COVID-19. St. Augustine Record (FL)
- Virus changes how funeral homes operate and families mourn. Huron Daily Tribune (MI)
- “Last Responders” share heartache, fears over COVID. CatholicPhilly.com
- “The year was really hard”: A Connecticut funeral director on 10 months of pandemic grief and death. The Hartford Courant (CT)
- Funeral homes witness high demand due to recent coronavirus deaths. Erie News Now (PA)
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