By Leader Contributor Sadie Burrows

Despite more people receiving their COVID-19 vaccinations, and more consumers looking to return to their pre-pandemic lifestyles, our industry is still being affected in many ways. We’ve rounded up some recent interesting stories about our profession to share.

In addition to a lack of crematory capacity, COVID-19 has caused a huge delay of deathcare products, such as cemetery monuments and headstones. Get more information about this problem here.

According to this writer at Bloomberg, there’s a lot that the banking and airline industries can learn from funeral homes.

One funeral home in Chicago is serving as a vaccine clinic for residents in the area. Click here to learn more.

Many families are asking funeral homes for help with applying to FEMA’s funeral assistance program for COVID-19 deaths. Click here to learn how one funeral director has been assisting California families.

A New York funeral director is going viral on TikTok because of the videos she produces about the industry. Read more here.

Entrepreneur Magazine recently published a feature on a Michigan funeral director who is using a new app to reach consumers.

Learn more about Tracy Wesley, CEO of Estes Funeral Chapel in Minneapolis, who has handled numerous high-profile deaths, including George Floyd, Jamar Clark, and Daunte Wright.

Read this heart-wrenching story of a daughter’s experience of her parents’ final wishes and ultimate deaths.

The Colorado State Legislature recently approved a bill allowing the composting of human remains. Click here to read more.

In Maine, there has been a call for legislation to keep funeral home workers safer while they are transporting bodies, following a fatal accident in 2017. Read the rest of the story here.

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