Maine funeral home offering virtual services amid COVID-19

With the restrictions on coronaviruses, funeral homes let people virtually cry together.

SCARBOROUGH, Maine – It’s a tough time for social distancing when grieving the loss of a loved one.

“Saying goodbye is extremely important,” said Jeffrey Inman, director of Hobbs Funeral Home.

Hobbs Funeral Home, which has locations in Scarborough and South Portland, is trying to make goodbyes a little easier by offering virtual services amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“So that people can be in contact with the local community, family members, ministers and that’s what will enable us to do that,” Inman said.

Inman said that at the family’s request, the funeral home will offer video chat services, while people will be able to comfort others in the safety of their homes.

“However, we can help, that’s our goal,” said Inman.

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While physical hugs and kisses once helped heal, doing so virtually will have to be the new normal for now.

“It’s out of your control. A lot of things are out of our control and it’s just not fair,” said Inman.

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