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A new way of handling death

Dealing with a death in the family can be a stressful time, and the coronavirus is making the entire process a little more difficult.

Posted: Mar 26, 2020 6:27 PM

Hospice and Palliative Care is continuing to provide patients with the services they’re used to receiving, but Hospice CEO Shannon Cayea has set new policies within the building. Anyone entering the building has their temperature taken, and must answer a series of health related questions. It’s all to keep the employees, the patients, and the limited number of visitors as healthy as possible.

"We’re trying to protect their loved ones, and although they want to be here bedside, they understand that we have to respond to these uncertain times, so they’re respectful of it."

Protective policies is just a small matter for the families of the patients. Hospice Bereavement Counselor Linda Clark explained the anguish many people are experiencing after a loved one has passed.

"Families are dealing with so many losses, and our bereaved clients are dealing not only with their grief about their loved one who died, but their grief about life as we know it being so different now."

It’s difficult enough to deal with a family member who’s dying, but when their time at Hospice is finished, families are now being faced with a new challenge. Funeral Parlors have to conform to State mandates, and keeping the numbers to a minimum becomes a sensitive topic. McGrath, Myslinski, Karboski, & Nunn Funeral Director Steve Karboski has to be sensitive about talking to families while being careful to protect the staff. 

"You have to remember that if someone was to pass away at home, say under Hospice, they’ve been with each other for the past week, month, whatever it might be, you know so we’re not making any assumptions, but as a staff we are trying to stay as distant as we can using our own personal protective equipment, and being smart in that endeavor."

Karboski has turned to electronic devices so people have some connection for support. While technologies like facetime are rarely used at funeral services, video tributes are becoming more popular.

"We’re doing live. We’re doing Youtube. We’re doing live streaming. Those are all options that we have here, and there’s the opportunity to do memorial services at a later date, and I think that is you know what people…although right now it’s very difficult, need to remember."

Although death is often a difficult discussion, it’s often a good idea to pre-arrange your funeral plans to lift some of the burdens off your family during an emotional time.

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