Funeral home employees, some of Massachusetts’ last responders, must assume everyone, dead or alive, has the coronavirus.


It’s a grim reality for these workers, who have been forced to adjust protocols in the face of profound uncertainties about their own safety amid the pandemic, as they prepare the deceased and try to support mourners saying final goodbyes.

And with more than 4,200 COVID-19 deaths in Massachusetts, as well as deaths from other causes, funeral homes are busier than ever.


Source: WBUR