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News: Burials without funerals, grief without hugs

By Peter Kramer

Coronavirus is changing how Americans say goodbye

Maggie Farley wants to remember the way her father lived — the Denver probate lawyer’s sense of humor, integrity and decades fighting for affordable housing — not how he died of COVID-19 with no family permitted at his hospital bedside.

“I don’t feel like he died with regrets and I don’t feel like we left anything unsaid, but I really would have liked to have been there to hold his hand,” said Farley, of Bethesda, Maryland. “It’s an essential human fear that we don’t want to die alone, and the worst part of it for our family was knowing that he was in the hospital alone.”

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News: Local funeral homes take precautions as they start to bury deceased COVID-19 patients

by Stephanie Rothman

LANE COUNTY, Ore. - Local funeral homes are ramping up sanitation and making new changes to funeral proceedings.

According to the World Health Organization, there is no evidence that diseases can be transmitted from a corpse.

However, workers that transport former patients to the morgue and then funeral homes are at risk.

They are taking extra steps to keep staff sanitary while transporting former patients.

With 55 deaths in Oregon, funeral homes should soon be seeing an influx of deceased COVID-19 patients.

Musgroves Mortuaries and Cemeteries here in Lane County have buried one patient that tested positive and several others that had symptoms but never got testing before passing.

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