'We ran out of space.' Amid Covid-19 surge, an Illinois funeral home director says it's hard keeping up with demand

Die begrafnisonderneming Honquest in Noord-Illinois ontvang ongeveer 30 vra vir dienste per maand.

In November, the home’s numbers nearly doubled.
Founder and funeral director Tim Honquest told CNN affiliate WREX the home received about 54 oproepe — 26 of which involved Covid-19 cases.
This month of November was something I’ve never seen before,” hy het die affiliate.It was just crazy.
    With a refrigeration capacity of about 12 oorledene, Honquest said the home, which is northeast of Chicago, had to turn a preparation room into a second refrigeration area to keep up.
    Tim Honquest

    We ran out of space,” he told the news station. “We literally ran out of space.
    Op November 18, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Covid-19 was the third leading cause of death in the state, behind heart disease and cancer. Between March and October, the governor had said, the virus took more lives thanthe next two highest causes, strokes and accidents, combined.And the fall surge was quickly proving significantly worseand deadlierthan the one that came in the summertime.
    “In Augustus, we were losing on average 14 people per day to this horrible disease,” the governor had said. “Vandag, that number is 83.
    And more than 5,600 Covid-19 patients remain hospitalized across the state — oor 1,170 of whom were in intensive care units, state health officials announced op Desember 3.
    The coronavirus has changed much about how Americansand people everywherelive, and it has had a particular impact on the funeral industry, which must receive and handle the bodies of those who die of the virus. One change has simply been the number of people funeral homes have had to bury.
    Scott Olson, president and funeral director of the Olson funeral home, also in Northern Illinois, vertel WREX they were also seeing an uptick in numbers.
    From our perspective as funeral directors, we want to make this time as comfortable and as comforting as we can,” said Olson.
      But it’s been a very hard timeon everybody,” het hy aan die filiaal gesê.
      It’s super hard on us to see our families, because we kind of grieve along with them in many cases, jy weet, and see them going through that process.

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