CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The coronavirus has impacted every aspect of how we live, including how we die. Many people are not able to be with their loved ones in their final moments, or hold traditional funerals, because of safety reasons.
A town hall explores the impact Covid-19 has had on those trained to comfort and counsel us in difficult times.
Spiritual Care and Covid 19: Reflections from chaplains, health care professionals, funeral homes and clergy, is a Facebook town hall presented by Live 5 News and organized by the International African American Museum.
You can watch the town hall below which happened Tuesday night.
The panelists were clergy who work in hospitals and community facilities in Charleston, as well as Atlanta. There were also end of life counselors, who work with young people dealing with death, in addition to hospice patients and a funeral home owner.
They have witnessed firsthand, the devastation the pandemic has had on doctors, nurses, emergency responders and others. They shared how they themselves, as trained leaders of religion, have been challenged in trying to do their jobs during the pandemic.