Shaking hands and hugging immediate family members of the deceased remains off limits generally, as yet, at funeral homes.

That’s according to David McGowan of McGowan’s Funeral Home in Ballina.

David told Midwest News today that since the weekend easing of most Covid restrictions, grieving families are relieved to know more mourners can attend a funeral Mass and burial, but for the moment are opting for no hand shaking or hugging at the removal.

He says Covid infection numbers in the community remain high, and mourners tend to be aware of this.

David believes that funerals have changed and may revert to pre-pandemic large gatherings, but at present the numbers attending funeral homes, to sympathise with families, remains much lower than in pre-pandemic times.

The introduction of live-steaming of Funeral Masses and burials and the opportunity to convey condolences on websites are measures that have become very popular during the pandemic, and he believes will continue to be used.

Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley asked David if how funerals are conducted has changed much since the Taoiseach’s announcement on Friday evening last, easing most Covid restrictions...



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