By Leader Contributor Jessie Rigney

Right now, our circumstances are changing almost daily due to COVID-19. Some businesses and places of worship have reopened with fewer restrictions, and other places around the world are following suit — while others are staying shut down till further notice.

The virus brought on changes no one could have predicted, and life may feel uncertain. May these stories bring a bit of hope and light to your life.

Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home recently celebrated their 100th year in business, and the co-owner has been a part of the funeral home for over half of that time. Click here to read more.

The Buckhead Heritage Society was formed to protect and preserve historical monuments and resources. Its members put cemeteries on the list of places to maintain.

Even as COVID-19 continues to take its toll on the world, some still find it difficult to talk about death. That’s why the director of the Mortuary Sciences program at the University of Minnesota has taken on the responsibility of teaching his students about death rituals around the world.

Have a car enthusiast in the family? They’ll probably be happy to know that Tesla now makes hearses. This is the way to go if you’re looking for final ways to reduce your carbon footprint!

Arlington National Cemetery has reopened after a six-month shutdown. Unfortunately, some of its most popular areas, such as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, will stay closed. Read more on the plan here.

Not all funeral homes can say they’ve been around for nearly 150 years, but Waring-Sullivan is one that can claim that title. Read more about how a 40-year-old English immigrant started this legacy.

Not all funeral professionals start working in the industry right away. Some begin their careers in other fields. Read about this man who was once a plasterer before becoming a funeral director.

One Ohio man’s adoration of genealogy led him to restore cemeteries after retiring. Read about his journey here.

The funeral industry has found its way into mainstream pop culture again with a new CBS show based on a baseball Hall-of-Famer who is now a funeral home owner. Click for show details and airtime.

Louisville funeral directors are seeing death increases as COVID-19 continues to rip through the country, even though they’ve only seen six deaths due to the virus. Click to learn why they feel the strain is coming from other factors.

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