HARLINGEN, Texas – Funeral homes across the country are being flooded as the number of COVID-19 deaths increases.
Many families are now opting for non-traditional funeral services.
With the coronavirus robbing many families from the opportunity to say goodbye to their loved ones amid visitation restrictions, funeral homes have been seeing an increase in cremation services.
Noe Ortiz, Director of Operations at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home said, “Visitations can only be limited to 10 people, so a lot of families I guess for their own safety don’t want to be gathering either so even if they have full services they’re opting to do direct cremation.”
Ortiz said another reason why people are opting for cremation is because of the financial strain the virus has had on families.
“You know with families right now losing their jobs and if somebody passes away due to the COVID or just natural causes there’s no job and there’s no money,” he said. “So yes, people might choose cremation because it’s more affordable.”
In order to help the families going through unimaginable loss during these times. The funeral home is also providing online visitations for those who cannot attend the service.
“We’re offering to do a virtual visitation, we’re doing it through YouTube live, but through the Texas Funeral Service Commission we have to now through families get an authorization to broadcast the visitation,” said Ortiz.
With all the mandates put in place, Ortiz said he hopes these online services will give families the chance to say the goodbyes they deserve.