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Funeral homes adapting to COVID-19 gathering recommendations

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Posted at 5:08 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 17:08:25-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — With the Coronavirus spreading across the United States, public gatherings are being deemed unsafe, which means funeral homes have had to adapt.

Governor Beshear suggests that funerals be limited to close family only, with private burials, and then hold a memorial at a later date, when the health crisis is over.

This is heartbreaking for the families who are now unable to give their loved ones the service they deserve. "I feel so sorry for them, that's what funeral service is all about, providing the compassionate service to families who have lost loved ones across the state," says Sidney Fogel, the Executive Director for Kentucky Funeral Homes.

One way funeral homes are adapting is by providing live streams of their services to watch from home. Of course, funeral homes understand this isn't ideal but hope it will help relieve some pain for families.