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COVID-19 makes final farewells difficult

The Feast of All Saints and other celebrations make November “the month for the dead,” says Father Paul Magnano, senior priest of Skagit Valley Catholic churches.

Congregations pray for the deceased by name at the beginning of mass. Day of the Dead altars feature their photos, food and drink for their journey to paradise and marigolds, symbols of life after death.

This year, the process of honoring the deceased has been complicated by changing rules and soaring infection rates from the coronavirus pandemic.

For the family of Phyllis Webb, the first complication was saying goodbye.

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