Indiana has passed 15,000 deaths from Covid-19.
In Vanderburgh County, six new deaths were reported on Wednesday.
Local funeral homes are trying to meet the demand for services.
“Sadly, a lot of people have died from Covid,” said Amy Walton, general manager of Sunset Funeral Home, north of Evansville.
To ensure the safety of families, they organized services outside their gazebo.
“Where we had the open air,” Walton said.
And implemented several security measures.
“Temperature controls, hand washing stations and daily sanitizers,” Walton said.
Even putting a cap on the number of people allowed.
As for masks: “If you are vaccinated, you definitely don’t have to wear a mask,” Walton said.
At Sunset, they help families apply for FEMA grants of up to $ 9,000 to pay for funerals. So by the time they actually bury their loved one, they don’t worry about the cost.
“No one expects to die from Covid and unfortunately so many people are,” Walton said.
Having to help so many people grieve has had a negative impact on those who work in these funeral homes. But they say they are doing everything to make this period of mourning a little less painful.
“Our job is to really help the family and help them through this difficult time,” Walton said.