A 19-Year-Old Funeral Home Manager Is Overwhelmed by “Death Calls”
Since November, when COVID cases began spiking in the Panhandle, my phone has rarely been quiet. The “death calls” arrive at all hours of the day. Before the pandemic, the calls usually concerned an elderly person who had passed away in a nursing home. Now it can be anyone. The coronavirus has infected more than 2,400 people in Deaf Smith County and has killed 56. But not everyone is comfortable admitting that. A lot of residents won’t say, “My dad or mom died of COVID,” even when the death certificate confirms it. They don’t want the name of the virus uttered out loud during a loved one’s funeral. There’s shame surrounding the disease because so many locals ignored it before losing a family member. They…View Original Post
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