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Funeral homes offer virtual services during COVID-19 pandemic

Funeral homes offer virtual services during COVID-19 pandemic
Posted at 5:46 PM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 20:00:43-04

As the coronavirus continues to spread, funeral homes are finding new ways to allow families to grieve the loss of a loved one.

"They can't be there and they want to be there and there's no way you can get around it, it's just the facts of life at this time," says Gerald Melancon.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Gerald Melancon of Melancon Funeral Homes says clients have had a hard time coping with the reality of no more than 10 people being gathered in one place, even as they mourn the loss of a loved one.

Melancon says, "They have to understand that they cant have more family because the more family you have the larger the chance is that you'll spread the virus if someone happens to have the virus".

Melancon has come up with a non traditional way of helping families mourn.

Because of the restrictions, everyone isn't able to attend, but most funeral homes are now offering live streaming services so you can share with your family and friends.

Melancon says, "They have the in house capability to live broadcast the service and so families can view the service live as it's going on or at a later date they can view it."

"We've only had one family that's taken advantage of it so far but as we're talking to families and I would imagine more and more realize that they have that option will be moving to that option," says Melancon.

Most funeral homes are offering this special service; you can ask the funeral director if it's available.