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Episode 12: Jim Benuska on Funeral Home practice and celebrations of life during the pandemic

Jim Benuska works as a funeral home director at Tezak Funeral Home in Joliet, IL. He joins the Hospice Chaplaincy hosts to talk about funeral home practice during COVID-19. With the COVID-19 outbreak across the United States, funeral directors face challenging times as visitations, funerals and burial services are restricted. In just the past month, everyone has witnessed how the pandemic has uprooted the rituals that we need and cherish when we lose loved ones.

Over the past week, the obituary pages of area newspapers have become a haunting litany of “memorial service to be held at a later date,” “no services,” and “services canceled due to COVID-19.” To be sure, this is our new normal, but for funeral directors dealing with the day-to-day business of life and death, the coronavirus and social distancing era has changed the way they help people grieve, and how funeral homes host celebrations of life. 

Hospice Chaplaincy is a nonprofit organization committed to promoting excellence in spiritual care at the end of life. We are committed to the belief that people from all backgrounds, cultures and faith traditions should experience the end of life in a way that matches their own values and goals. The task of dying is complicated and often confronts us with lots of emotional and physical suffering. Hospice Chaplaincy is dedicated to providing patient advocacy, support and education services to the public, to create a cultural shift to inform and transform our thinking around the end of life.

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