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By RICK BOSTON
Staff Writer 

Funeral Homes Adapting to Virus Measures

 

February 25, 2021

Gary M. Baranec

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, funeral homes have been in the difficult position of complying with mandates while allowing families to honor their loved ones. William J. Helsel (above), owner, supervisor and licensed funeral director at the John K. Bolger Funeral Home Inc. in Martinsburg and Williamsburg, has been a funeral director for 18 years and said he has never seen anything "remotely close to the limits."

Mourning the loss of a loved one during the COVID-19 pandemic has created a challenge for families and funeral directors alike.

Social distancing mandates have forced many to either alter or forgo the traditional funeral home visitation where family and friends gather to pay their respects to the deceased.

Adapting to Changes

William J. Helsel has been a funeral director for nearly 18 years. As owner of the John K. Bolger Funeral Home Inc. in Martinsburg and Williamsburg, Bolger has been navigating the changes COVID-19 has forced him to make.

"I have been doing this almost 18 years, but I h...



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