Among the many businesses affected by COVID-19, funeral homes are no exception. Acting as one of the most emotional and important services to any resident, the social gathering rules have forced funeral homes to rethink how services can be held.

Among the many businesses affected by COVID-19, funeral homes are no exception. Acting as one of the most emotional and important services to any resident, the social gathering rules have forced funeral homes to rethink how services can be held.

Brett Eidson with Allee-Holman Howe says that the ten person gathering limit has been difficult for services. He says it has been tough finding ways to get family members together and not keeping anyone from being able to take part. In most cases, the service will have to stagger in and out ten people at a time, disinfecting the area between every switch. He says most families are understanding, though it is certainly tough considering the sensitive moments taking place.

Another option the funeral services are able to provide are digital funerals. Eidson says they will set up a live stream online for families to utilize. Though they still allow for up to ten members to be present, the live-service is their best option with the limitations.

Eidson says for most people, this comes down to a sense of frustration that their loved ones have to be limited to the gathering limits placed by the pandemic. He says that these are unprecedented times for their services, and is grateful for the families using their service that are understanding of the limitations.

“It’s an unprecedented time for us right now. We’re dealing with things none of us have ever had to deal with,” Eidson said.

Myron Fesler with Hedges-Scott Funeral Home says they are facing the same difficulties and have also had to adjust their service procedures.

One of the methods they have adopted is a drive-thru service. If allowed, the families will place the casket outside and allow for visitors to drive by in their vehicles. THis allows for the service to get more people through and is the best option Fesler says they have in these times. Fesler says they too are considering hosting digital services, though this is still to be decided.