Nearly two years ago, COVID-19 turned the grieving process for those mourning a loved one upside down, uprooting decades of tradition. And while the availability of vaccines and increased knowledge of the virus has comforted some funeral goers, others remain intensely leery.

Chapel at Parker Kohl

The chapel at Parker Kohl Funeral Home can hold up to 200 people. The funeral home, like most in the area, has needed to be agile and flexible since the start of the pandemic. (Daily News file photo)

St. Peter Funeral Home

St. Peter Funeral Home now offers livestream services to all clients. (Philip Weyhe/

Brick-Meger Funeral Home

Brick-Meger Funeral Home and Medford Funeral Home in Owatonna and Medford have seen a recovery in attendance at funerals recently as they continue to maneuver through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Andrew Deziel is a freelance writer. Reach the editor at

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