Like most other businesses in the province, COVID-19 hasn’t been kind to funeral homes. “With some families electing to do reduced or no services, of course the side effect is that our revenues will be down and therefore our bottom line,” Root said. Funerals, like the rest of public gatherings, are beholden to the chief medical officer of health’s public restrictions. Currently, that means no more than 15 people spaced two metres apart. Anyone found violating those rules can be fined $1,000. As the concerns of infections and staff safety dominate the planning funeral homes are doing, there are also… Continue Reading.
PPE in the province has been earmarked for hospitals, family doctors and other medical staff. Alberta’s funeral homes are running out. “It will be a concern the longer that this goes on,” said Evan Strong, the owner of Evan J. Strong Funeral Home. He added he understands the necessary hierarchy of PPE distribution, but wants the government to understand the position funeral homes are in as well. There have been questions about whether a deceased person can transmit COVID-19, but Health Canada has no clear answer at this point. The virus can live on surfaces for varying lengths of time…. Continue Reading.
Looming shortage of personal protective equipment top of mind for funeral directors. The funeral home chapel may be desolate, but the phone is still ringing. Mortality is no stranger during a pandemic, but COVID-19 is bringing complications for businesses that deal with death. “Death doesn’t just stop. It’s not like we’re a service that can’t continue,” said David Root, the general manager at Pierson’s Funeral Service in Calgary. Funeral homes are listed as an essential service in Alberta. That comes with a host of new challenges as they struggle to adapt to increasing demand and fewer resources. Grieving from… Continue Reading.
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