By Leader Contributor Jessie Rigney

Although we’re starting to see the light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel — and many of us have received vaccines — many deathcare professionals are still feeling the strain from the recent spike in deaths. Here are a few industry-related stories to keep you up to date.

Ohio funeral directors are continuing to advocate for prioritized vaccination access as they continue to see more COVID-19 deaths come their way. Click here and here to learn more about the situation in Ohio.

Most of us will agree that COVID-19 has changed a lot about the world, and the funeral industry is no exception. Click here to learn more about a company that specializes in hosting virtual memorial services.

Even Rose Hills Memorial Park, one of the largest cemeteries in North America, is struggling to handle COVID-19 deaths. Read what the CEO and president of the park has to say about the situation here.

Funeral directors truly give until their last breath, and this funeral director was able to plan his own funeral just a few short hours before he died. Read about the legacy he left behind here.

Very few people are knowledgeable of the indigenous customs following a death, and it has become a North Dakota man’s mission to keep those traditions and customs alive for his tribe.

British funeral directors are sharing their perspective on having to turn away family members at services due to social distancing protocols. 

The green burial movement wants to broaden the idea of placing less manmade materials in the ground and take a more natural approach instead. Learn more about the movement here.

We know there are COVID-19 “hotspots” across the country, and California cases continue to rise. When a funeral director apprentice in Ohio was asked to travel and help as a crematory operator, he didn’t hesitate to say yes. Click to read his story.

It’s no doubt funeral directors impact their communities. Read the legacy of a Pittsburgh funeral home owner who comforted families for generations.

COVID-19 is taking a toll on funeral directors and how they attempt to help those who are coping with loss. They’ve been trained on how to console those who have lost a child or a loved one from addiction — but a worldwide pandemic is new to them all.

Funeral directors and medical professionals everywhere are feeling overwhelmed by the number of COVID-19 cases. Read about this funeral director who feels his job is a ministry.

A law school professor is advocating for changes to address “funeral poverty” so families feel they have more control over end-of-life decisions.

Gladys Edwards Wallace, who helped build one of the most well-known funeral homes in Chicago, died in January. Click to read the 84-year-old’s legacy.

For a North Carolina funeral director, January was the busiest month in almost 100 years as he served nearly 100 families across his three locations.

A funeral home in Memphis is getting attention, and a Netflix series, about their drive-thru window that allows family members to mourn their loss from a safe distance.

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