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Bereaved families, funeral homes in suburbs adjust to virus threat

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Bereaved families, funeral homes in suburbs adjust to virus threat

Patience is one of Susan Mele’s foremost virtues.

Her answer for troubling times in the age of the novel coronavirus pandemic?

Some days it could be Psalm 91. Other days it might be First Corinthians, Chapter 13.

Mele recently suffered the March 5 loss of her mother, Louise McBee , but funeral services are still pending at First Baptist Church of Deer Park.

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“My church had to postpone it because of the 10-person limitation,” Mele said. “My mother was 88 years old and a member of the church. A lot of the people that are in her Sunday school class are the target age of those who could be affected, and I think they are the ones that people are most concerned about.

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“Here are my thoughts: Everybody wants closure. When someone passes away, you do the funeral planning, have the funeral and mourn the death with your friends. It’s part of life.“When it’s taken away, yes, it does postpone that closure. At the same time, safety is most important. Your loved ones can be celebrated at any time.” Funeral director: Families understand situation Local funeral homes are dealing with similar challenges on an everyday basis.Gov. Greg Abbott has recommended keeping funeral services under 10 people, maintaining social distance between attendees or hosting services virtually online.Ron Crowder, lead funeral director of Crowder Funeral Home in Webster, knows that serenity and compassion are vital every day in his profession.Even after notifying relatives that only 10 persons may attend a service, Crowder says he’s received a positive response.“So far all of our families which we have dealt with have been very receptive and understand […]

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