Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Body Disposal, Funeral (Video 5:45)

With so many people dying in the United States due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the process of death and body disposal have taken on new meanings. Being a funeral director in New York City has become a much busier and cautious undertaking. Included are high-level safety procedures focused on protecting at-risk lives of the living.

Social distance funerals are becoming more common in cases of COVID-19 deceased persons. Loved ones are not always able to communicate their feelings in person before the deceased dies. Unfortunately, research studies have not focused on outcomes and support for bereaved people during a pandemic. Research on the impact of COVID -19 grief and bereavement during other infectious disease outbreaks such as pandemics have tended to focus on survivors who had the illness and recovered. More focus should include innovative ways to promote connection and adapt rituals while maintaining respect. Strong leadership and coordination between different bereavement organizations is essential to providing successful post-bereavement support.

What is it really like being a funeral director during the coronavirus pandemic? This video answers that question while adding eye-opening information into serious issues involved in bringing deceased bodies to final closure.


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