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Funerals During the Pandemic: Challenges in How To Conduct Funerals During Covid Crisis

Gerald Herbert
Associated Press file

The way that funerals are being conducted has been altered significantly due to COVID-19. We'll discuss the impacts these changes have had on families and on the funeral industry.


Jim Fernald, funeral director, Brookings-Smith in Bangor; spokesperson, Maine Funeral Directors’ Association

Doug Bibber, vice president, Bibber Memorial Chapel

Tony Antolini, president, Funeral Consumers Alliance of Maine

Rev. Carolyn Lambert, vice president, Maine Council of Churches; pastor, Tory Hill Congregational Church in Buxton; she also works with Bibber Funeral Homes and Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Homes 

Imam Ahmed, community services coordinator assistant, Maine Muslim Community Center

Elissa Mardiney, audio producer, graduate of Salt Institute, now based in San Francisco; did an audio project on death & dying while at Salt at MECA


Cindy helps produce Maine Public's live call-in show Maine Calling, and sometimes hosts the show—as well as the All Books Considered Book Club. Her first foray into journalism after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism was to intern with CNN in China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She then worked in print journalism over the decades, as a factchecker, writer and editor, with publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times Magazine to the magazine of the National Zoo to a food trends magazine.