Local Funeral Home Adjusts To Impact Of COVID-19


Wednesday, January 6th 2021, 7:54 pm
By: Anjelicia Bruton


OKLAHOMA CITY -

Funeral service workers said they are constantly having to adjust as we learn about COVID-19. The one thing that is consistent is the workload.

Jeremy Sparks with Dignity Memorial in Oklahoma City said nothing in his over 30 years of funeral service compares to 2020.

“What we are going through right now is unprecedented. Unfortunately, in Oklahoma we've had the tornadoes, the Oklahoma City bombing where we've had an increase in the number of fatalities in the state, but now it's something that's kind of ongoing,” Sparks said.

Thousands of Oklahomans have passed away from COVID-19, leaving funeral staff busier than ever.

Business isn't the only thing that's increased, so has the amount of safety measures.

“Whether they're not or still contagious we want to treat them like they are. So, we have certain measures that we're going through such as donning PPE, or personal protective equipment to be able to ensure that our associates are safe when they're doing that process,” Sparks said.

Sparks said his staff is eligible to get the vaccine. He said he's looking forward to what it means for everyone's health and maintaining his staff as he expects business to continue to boom.