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Funeral homes adjust to smaller ceremonies

How we grieve – often by holding a large gathering to celebrate a life – is changing during the coronavirus outbreak. 

With limits being placed on gatherings and businesses closing, funerals are being rethought to restrict attendance. 

In Wisconsin, Gov. Tony Evers ordered that gatherings be limited to no more than 10 people in an effort to curtail the coronavirus outbreak Tuesday afternoon. Three people in Wisconsin have died from COVID-19. 

Funeral homes are adapting to reduced attendance for end-of-life celebrations. They are asking families to consider a smaller funeral or waiting until after the pandemic to hold a large memorial service.

“Irrespective of (the restrictions), you’re going to have deaths,” said John Maher, the director of Brett Funeral Home. “So we have to keep working the best that we can. … May there be an increase? I’m afraid to say there likely will be.”

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