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IN PICTURES | Undertakers keep compassion alive as old funeral rites die

Funeral homes say goodbye to normality as they help families give their loved ones a fitting farewell

Alon Skuy

As the coronavirus tightens its grip on SA and with strict burial regulations in place, Joburg-based funeral parlour Thom Kight & Company, like many, has had to adapt to continue helping families say their final goodbyes to in an empathetic way.

Neil Keight, owner of the nearly 40-year-old family business, says Covid-19 has forced them to change the way they deal with those who have died, with extra precautions taken especially in keeping their staff safe. If Covid-19 is proved or even suspected, the personal protection must include the use of body bags with their exterior disinfected, among other stringent measures.

The funeral parlour has received more than 90 people, who, they say, have died from complications arising from the coronavirus. As Gauteng becomes the country’s Covid-19 epicentre, the funeral parlour is preparing for the numbers to rise...

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