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Ten or less at funerals: COVID-19 gathering rules apply

Posted at 5:14 PM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 20:33:26-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — There are milestones in life that cannot be stopped by COVID-19 rules and restrictions. Babies are born; people die.

When it comes to funerals, coronavirus makes it even more difficult. "It is balancing between the needs of the families at the time, that are experiencing these situations, but it is also trying to keep the family members safe," said Kim King who oversees city cemeteries for the City of Colorado Springs.

Dealing with the loss of a loved one is a sensitive topic and right now there is difficulty, upon difficulty. Federal and local COVID-19 guidelines for group gatherings apply. "That guidance has been gatherings of ten or fewer people, encouraging the social distancing even during a graveside service,” said King. It means no large funerals. Many families will have to decide who can attend.

The National Funeral Directors Association also recommends its members follow federal and local guidelines for corona virus prevention. It put out this list of suggestions for funeral directors to offer to people who dealing with the death of someone close to them:

· Have a private viewing for only immediate family and/or close friends.

· Delay the funeral and hold it at a later date. Discuss options for final disposition if you choose this option.

· Have a private viewing for only immediate family and/or close friends and have a large memorial service for all family and friends at a later date.

· Discuss options for webcasting the funeral so others can view from home