Since I work at a funeral home, let me add a bit of perspective in regard to a comment that said if we don't shut down effectively, "the funeral business will have a boom." Let's hope not. If so, it'll be a boom no one in the industry wants.
Here's what's already happening at the funeral home where I work. We have four retirees (including myself) who work part-time, helping out with funerals and visitations. We're all over 70, and all fall into several other high risk categories, and so the funeral home cannot use us now. I suspect most funeral homes rely on older part-timers like us to do a lot of tasks, from supervising visitations to moving flowers, setting up chairs, driving the hearse, making coffee, and so forth. The funeral directors are already working long, long hours (not from Covid-19 deaths, just the normal work load), but I don't see how they're going to be able to cover all the tasks that the four of us normally do, and if we start seeing a lot of people dying from this virus, the job is going to become impossible..
The owner of the funeral home has no spleen and really shouldn't be working, but really has no choice but to continue. She has a husband and toddler at home. Another director just had a hysterectomy. None of the five funeral directors are perfectly healthy.
They're wondering how they will even make funeral arrangements if or when Covid-19 deaths start showing up. The immediate family will likely have been exposed and may be quarantined. If any of the funeral directors meets with these families, they may need to quarantine themself. So, will they have to do the arrangements using FaceTime or Skype? Don't know.
Visitations normally bring together people from all over the country, many of them well over 60 years old, and they're together for hours in the funeral home chapel and maybe at church. These gatherings have become inadvisable and so they're looking at ways of streaming the services or postponing them, or finding other ways of dealing with complex and potentially dangerous situations.
It's been said that preparing the bodies of Covid-19 casualties poses no threat to the embalmer, but who knows for sure. Obviously, the funeral directors have protocols for dealing with the preparation of those who have died from infectious diseases, but this is a new situation.
I'm just a part-timer, so I don't have a complete grasp of the challenges that will be facing the funeral industry and the families of those who will become casualties, but this is the kind of "booming business" that no one wants to see.
It's hard to think of any line of work that isn't going to facing serious challenges in the coming months. My how the world has changed.
Post Edited (clocknut) : 3/18/2020 4:36:38 PM (GMT-6)