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Maine funeral home offering virtual services amid coronavirus outbreak

With coronavirus restrictions, funeral homes are letting people grieve together virtually.

SCARBOROUGH, Maine — It's a difficult time for social distancing when grieving the loss of a loved one.

"Saying goodbye is extremely important," Hobbs Funeral Home Director Jeffrey Inman said.

Hobbs Funeral Home, which has locations in Scarborough and South Portland, is trying to make saying goodbye a little easier by offering virtual services amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"So that people can be in touch with the local community, family members, ministers and this is what's going to allow us to do that," Inman said.

Inman said at the request of the family, the funeral home will video chat services, while people can provide comfort to others in the safety of their own homes.

"However we can help is what our goal is," Inman said.

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Although physical hugs and kisses once provided healing, doing it virtually will have to be the new normal for now.

"It's out of your control. A lot of things are taken out of our control and that's just no fair," Inman said.

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