MASON CITY, Iowa - Losing a loved one is one of the hardest things you will ever have to go through. With the coronavirus outbreak, the grieving process may have to go through some adjustments during these unusual times.
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"Towards the end of last week, we really started hammering it out and then at the beginning of the week, when they started cracking down on things, we definitely went into the mode of ten or less and stuck with that," said Scott Graham, funeral director at Major Erickson Funeral Home.
In the chapel, chairs are spaced to maintain distance between mourners, while also trying to accommodate the needs of families.
"People who want to have a traditional service, we're trying to accommodate the families with a private visitation, as well as doing a graveside type service."
They are encouraging families to have a celebration of life event for their loved one once the coronavirus threat has ended when everyone can be together in one place.
When it comes to preparing the deceased for burial, Graham says they are taking extra steps to ensure safety.
"We're using a lot more face masks and a lot more eye protection and just making sure that you're covering yourself and taking care of your self," he said.
While the added procedures and rules are making things more difficult, for Graham, the toughest part is not being able to accommodate all of a family's wishes.
"I feel for them. I sat here with a couple families this week and it's hard to say to them 'You know we really got to limit this and keep this down.'"