First US state officially bans funerals and memorial services 

Washington State Officials want it to be clear that funerals are considered “social gatherings” and are officially closed until the lockdown is lifted. Making it the first state in the US to officially ban services. Washington continues to have the…

California is under lockdown and funeral workers are listed as critical infrastructure workers

As the threat of the coronavirus grows, extra measurements are being taken to keep people safe. California is the first state to impose a lockdown and funeral workers are now added to the list of critical infrastructure workers, which allows…

Spanish funerals brought rapid spread of the coronavirus

The region of Spain with the highest coronavirus infections has been traced back to two funerals. The bereaved had been unknowingly spreading the virus amongst each other.  Funeral one The close knit community of Haro, in La Rioja, has been…

3 Death Care professionals tastefully keeping families informed during Covid-19

The coronavirus is creating a new dynamic for death care workers. Funeral homes and crematoriums are now responsible for protecting staff and the public from the spread of what can be a deadly virus. This means new policies and standards,…

Italian army helps overwhelmed funeral homes and crematories

Yesterday, the Italian government invoked the army as local Bergamo crematories and funeral homes can no longer handle the influx of deaths. Army trucks were used to transport the deceased to other nearby cities to be buried and or cremated. …

Professional Embalmers releases coronavirus (covid-19) embalming “How to” video
As regulations concerning the coronavirus for funerals are getting stricter Matt Smith from Professional Embalmers posted a video to help inform embalmers on how to safely embalm a deceased who died due to the coronavirus. Coronavirus embalming “How to” video…
Whitehouse guidelines mean US Funerals shouldn’t be larger than 10 people

Yesterday at a press conference, President Trump’s administration’s coronavirus task force announced that the Government is implementing new guidelines.  Avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people Avoiding discretionary travel, shopping trips and social visits Avoid bars, restaurants and food courts…

Italian protocols are leaving families trapped with the dead bodies of Covid-19 victims

To stop the spread of coronavirus the Italian government has implemented a countrywide lockdown. And while security protocols are helping deter the spread of the virus, it’s also leaving families trapped with the dead bodies of Covid-19 victims who die…

The dire situation in Italy pressures European funeral directors to prepare

The increased death count and regulations due to Covid-19 is creating pressure on the Italian death care industry. No services and immediate disposal is difficult for families and directors. Every 30 minutes a funeral is taking place in Bergamo, a…

Irish Funeral Home Association releases coronavirus guidelines for funeral directors

In a response to the increasing death toll of coronavirus victims, the Irish Association of Funeral Directors has issued guidelines for handling deceased victims of the virus. The guidelines are meant to protect funeral directors as well as their clients.…