The Orlando cemeteries preparing to receive the bodies of those killed in Pulse nightclub Sunday night are struggling with both the high number of bodies they are receiving and with assuring privacy for the families of those killed.
There is usually a $1,500 fee for a plot in the cemetery, along with another fee regarding burials which costs $850, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The city of Orlando has waived the fees under such extraordinary circumstances. Florists and limousine companies are also pitching in with the effort, sending flowers as well as making limousines for families available for services with no charge.
As all of these entities are doing everything in their power to ease this painful process for families, there may be issues with the actual services. The services may be overwhelmed with people that did not have a direct connection with the victims but feel associated with the cause.
Don Price of Greenwood Cemetery Sexton told the publication, “We don’t know how many cars to expect, how many non-family members are going to show up because they feel somehow tied to this.”
In attempts to give families some privacy during services, cemetery workers plan to park their utility vans in line with a chain link fence, along with a black fence that will mount American and rainbow flags. “I don’t want the families to feel like they’re in a fishbowl,” Price stated.
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