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‘Last responders' answer the call to bury the dead in a year of unprecedented tragedy

Caseloads surged as the COVID-19 death toll rose, and funeral home directors – often known as the “last responders” – were left explaining to grieving customers why they couldn’t mourn in person or have big gatherings to say goodbye.... Read more»

Maricopa residents hope for relief from crematorium smoke as COVID deaths decrease

In Arizona, where 16,898 have died in the pandemic, the smoke and the hum of crematoriums working overtime have left some neighbors desperate for relief from the odor and pollution.... Read more»

Tucson funeral homes get high marks in national survey

Tucson “stacks up fairly well” in a recent report on potentially misleading pricing policies for cremation services, with all but one of the city’s funeral homes surveyed found to be in compliance with federal rules.... Read more»