Funerals & wakes in a Coronavirus world

One of the areas where there’s been a little more grey area than elsewhere is how funerals and wakes should take place in a COVID-19 world.
 
Earlier today, we spoke with Steven Thiele, the owner and director of the Thiele-Reid Home for Funerals in Kearny and here’s what we’ve learned.
 
Wakes my continue to take place, but no more than 50 people may attend at a time.
 
Families may opt to keep arrangements private. Some have already opted to do so, Thiele says.
 
Funeral Masses or services may take place — including at churches — but no more than 50 people may attend the Mass/service. Additionally, churches will be required to rope off every other row of pews so that there is no direct person-to-person contact.
 
Thiele says it’s also likely, in Catholic churches — and other denominations that offer communion at funeral liturgies — that the Eucharist will not be distributed to those gathered.
 
We’ll let you know if any of these regulations change — and they may change within minutes the way things have been progressing.
 
— Canessa

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