Local funeral home staffer: “Our hearts go out to those families”

COVID-19 limiting funeral attendance to 10 people

VICTORIA, Texas — Saying your final goodbye to a loved one is difficult for any family. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDC has advised only 10 people in a social gathering, meaning families have to choose who will attend a funeral.

“It has affected the funeral services to where we have our limitation of family members having a viewing for their loved one to the ten people,” said Nicholas Amaya, general manager of Angel Lucy’s Funeral Home. “Which at the funeral home, our hearts go out to those families.”

It’s been about three weeks since the CDC limited social gatherings to 10 people. Now, families are changing the way they hold services at funeral homes like Angel Lucy’s.

“A lot of families, of course, are wanting to do, what they call a graveside service,” said Amaya. “Where we meet at the cemetery and do services and go from there but that’s all a preference to the families.”

While the graveside service is held outdoors Angel Lucy’s is still following the CDC guidelines, limiting that service to 10 people and having people stay six feet apart from each other.

“We’re hoping this clears out soon, so we can continue to have our regular services for all the family members, friends, and relatives that would like to pay their respects to their loved ones,” said Amaya.

Amaya says they are following the guidelines recommended to keep families and staff members safe from COVID-19.