How the pandemic is changing the ways we bury, cremate and mourn our dead

Acoffin of a person who died of COVID-19.
An employee of the Chaudoir funeral house adjusts a Christian cross on a coffin of a person who died of COVID-19 at the company's morgue in Namur, Belgium, on Monday before the funeral ceremony. Relatives would not attend the burial for sanitary reasons.
John Thys | AFP via Getty Images

The way we mourn our loved ones has changed.

There are now burials without a crowd. We grieve without hugs. And we celebrate the lives of our loved ones on video.

Our rituals of loss are important to the families and friends left behind, but they have either stopped happening or become nearly unrecognizable.

How has the funeral industry adapted? 


Margaret Brooks is a funeral director and co-owner of Brooks Funeral Home in St. Paul.

Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman is the Senior Rabbi at Temple Israel in Minneapolis.

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