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Funeral homes adjusting business to deal with COVID-19

Cropped shot of a man placing a white rose on a grave

CALGARY (660 NEWS) — Among many of the services that are having to adjust how they do business due to the COVID-19 pandemic are funeral homes.

While you want to celebrate the life of a recently passed loved one, having to make that decision and risk the health of those in attendance is difficult.

But, some facilities are working to try and make it so you don’t have to make that tough choice.

“We’re very fortunate that our facilities are large enough so that we’ve set up our buildings to safely accommodate 50 people with chairs spread out,” Jeff Hagel with McInnis and Holloway Funeral Homes said. “If families have more than 50 people, we’re extending our hours so if people want to come and pay their respects, they can.”

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Hagel also says paying your respects online is always an option, whether it be leaving a message on the obituary page or sending a video to the family of the deceased, keeping that distance is more possible than ever.

McInnis and Holloway are also offering families the ability to stream a service online so anyone who wants to be there, but can’t, has the option.

With those options in mind, Hagel says many families are also contemplating having a small family gathering now and postponing the funeral service until after the COVID-19 pandemic passes.