Pennsylvania funeral service providers see changes to services, procedures in wake of pandemic

Written by on March 20, 2020

Pennsylvania funeral service providers see changes to services, procedures in wake of pandemic

By Megan Frank

March 20, 2020

Pennsylvania funeral service providers are seeing changes to services and procedures in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the CDC, services may continue during the coronavirus pandemic, but with a 50 person suggested limit.

James Meyers owner of four funeral homes and a crematory in Montgomery County, says that within the last week, families have switched from burial to cremation to avoid large gatherings. 

“They’re giving us guidelines like how to handle the bodies, talking about how to use body bags when you’re handling the body, trying to keep them in the bag as long as possible,” said Meyers.

He’s been advised by both state and federal funeral associations to exercise extra caution if asked to provide services for someone who died from COVID-19.

And for those attending, the CDC recommends not to shake hands, hug or kiss.

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