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When a Loved One Dies During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has had an unprecedented impact on how we live and work, limiting our ability to interact with others and freely move about in the world. Tragically, it’s also affecting our ability to pay tribute to loved ones who have died.

Unfortunately, if a loved one dies during the pandemic, regardless of the circumstances of their death, it is unlikely that a traditional funeral or memorial service will be possible, at least in the immediate future. There are still things you can do, however, to honor your loved one, or to support someone who has experienced the death of a family member or friend.

Note that funeral homes have local, state and federal guidelines that need to be followed regarding funerals that are held during this time, with some states banning funerals entirely. There are also guidelines that need to be followed when the individual has died, or may have died, of COVID-19. These guidelines are in place to ensure the health and wellbeing of you and your family, funeral home staff and attendees of any funeral or gathering. Things change on a daily basis, so speak with your funeral director for the most up-to-date information.