Funeral homes look for ceremony alternatives amid virus outbreak


BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33)(FOX 44) -The possibility of COVID-19 deaths in the capital city is becoming more likely every day. As the case numbers go up, the people that see death the most are trying to adjust.

Jonathan rose runs the Desselle funeral home. Since officials limited the number of people it’s been difficult for extended friends and family to say goodbye.

“I’ve been getting creative in trying to accommodate the immediate family as well as the extended,” Rose says.

Rose says the grieving process shouldn’t be reserved for only small groups of people. So he’s come up with an alternative to keep his clients happy and follow the COVID-19 guidelines.

“Something I’m doing for the public a drive through visitation.”

That means the funeral party will have to drive up to the side of rose’s chapel, get out, view the body, sign the registry, and leave as quickly as possible. It’s not an ideal goodbye, but rose says it gives everyone the chance to say it.

“We’re going to continue to implement things to keep my staff and the public safe, ” Rose says.

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