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Funeral services adjusted during coronavirus

April 16, 2020

By David Nordby

The Brillion News

BRILLION – Having a ceremony for a loved one who has passed away is anomalous during the coronavirus pandemic.

In Brillion and Reedsville, Wieting Funeral Homes has had multiple ceremonies with 10 or less people, adhering to current social restrictions that are in place.

“If we have a (small) funeral now and the family wishes to have a public visitation and the funeral later on, we will facilitate that at no charge. That’s just what we’ve decided to do for families,” funeral director Sarah Pielhop said. “If it’s … in the future when we can all gather again, I will take care of organizing and being there for the family.”

The funeral home is recording funerals through an old school video camera or an iPhone so additional family members and friends can see a service.

“We’ve added the ability to video tape funerals and then share them online after because of the restrictions of gatherings of 10 or less. We’ve also looked into Zoom meetings and having car funerals,” Pielhop said.

Zoom is an online video chat platform used on a smartphone, computer or tablet. Car funerals would allow more people to drive to the location and say hello to a family while still adhering to social distancing.

Please see the complete story in the April 16, 2020 edition of The Brillion News.



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