Orthodox Jewish men move a wooden casket from a hearse at a funeral home in Brooklyn, New York, on April 5, 2020.
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The funeral industry is grappling with new challenges as the mortality rate increases across the nation from the coronavirus crisis.
Funeral directors’ jobs have changed overnight to accommodate the influx of bodies coming in and to provide services to grieving family members who face social-distancing demands.
White House officials are predicting that 100,000 to 240,000 people in the United States will die from the coronavirus.
The challenges for funeral homes include the inability to provide a traditional services for the deceased. State laws in nearly every locality have placed limits on the number of people permitted to gather, and that includes funeral services. In most cases, the number of people is limited to five to 10 and includes only immediate family.
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