Leader Links: COVID-19’s Effect on VA National Cemeteries


By Leader Contributor Emma Horton

With COVID-19 dominating our news cycles, changing our daily routines, and heavily impacting the funeral industry, here’s a look at how different leaders are handling the pandemic.

Read how grieving families in California are dealing with the imposed restrictions on funerals and other gatherings.

Bob Gordon, CEO and President of Cypress Lawn, spoke with the San Francisco Chronicle about the importance of livestreaming services and the ways his staff members are adapting to changes during these unprecedented times.

Learn about the history of this Asheville cemetery, which holds many individuals who died from the Spanish flu. Many are comparing the current outbreak of COVID-19 to the 1918 pandemic.

Pelham Funeral Home owner Clive Anderson discussed how his funeral home is making changes amid new state and federal regulations.

NPR details the reality of various state regulations regarding memorial services in this unprecedented time.

Read this detailed story about how many of Washington state’s funeral homes are adapting to changes, along with the ways they are trying to help their communities.

Learn about Britain’s new restrictions on social gatherings of more than two people. These social gatherings extend to weddings and baptisms but allow funerals to go ahead as normal.

Read about the adjustments all VA national cemeteries are making in response to COVID-19. This includes discontinuing committal services and military funeral honors for the time being.

While much of today’s news focuses on the closure of businesses, this New York cemetery has actually extended its hours for visitors.

Have any articles, podcasts, TV shows, or other deathcare-related information you think we should know about? Email us at editor@funeralleader.com.

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