Not even funeral homes are exempt from the coronavirus’s long reaching affects and the government’s battle against it. Two Mayfield funeral homes, Byrn Funeral Home and Brown Funeral Home, are limiting the number of people who can attend a funeral service to be in accordance with Center for Disease Control guidelines.
Both funeral homes can now only allow immediate family to attend any given funeral service. Also, both homes are not publishing the times or days of a funeral service. These policy changes were initiated to reduce crowd size as much as possible.
“Not much we can do other than try to keep our visitors safe and our employees safe,” Byrn owner Kirk Byrn IV said.
Byrn said some other minor changes have been made to help mitigate the potential spread of the virus. They are no longer opening doors for visitors nor shaking hands, and staff is sanitizing everything before and after service.
His biggest concern is if his staff contracts the virus, he said.
He also said that another potential obstacle for people is that some ministers might prevent some from using their churches, or even disallow graveside service.
Micah Brown, owner of Brown Funeral Home, is facing similar challenges. The big one for him is dictating who can and can’t come to a funeral service, which is requiring coordination with families. Like Byrn, Brown is restricting services to immediate family only.
“It’s a really sad situation for everybody involved, for a lot of friends of the deceased who can’t attend the services,” Brown said.
In addition, his funeral home is disallowing food and drinks in the lounge.
“I think we’re all in this now together,” he continued. “Everyone so far has been understanding.”
In regards to the government’s reaction to the pandemic and the restrictions they’ve placed, Byrn expressed faith in them.
“I think the government is doing a great job,” he said. “I think it’s the right thing to do honestly.”