The death of Jennifer Welters funeral home is just the latest in a long line of disasters at this rural, small-town cemetery.
On the surface, this is a beautiful, quaint place where families gather to bury loved ones, and the graves of the dead are decorated with a mix of flowers and family art.
But when the building’s main entrance is suddenly shut down, and residents are asked to stay put for 24 hours, there are no flowers, no casket, no coffins.
Instead, they have to take the stairs and go through a metal detector to enter the building, a decision made by local authorities.
This has left residents to wonder how the business will survive in a climate where more than half of the city’s residents are now homeless, and where a local nonprofit, Welter, is leading the charge to save it.
After the building is demolished, Welters family will have to move in with the homeless.
But in the meantime, they’ll have to figure out how to reopen their business, and it’s going to take time.
“It’s really hard,” Welter said.
“I think it’s really going to be a struggle for us, especially because we don’t have a lot of money.”
Welter has been running Welter Funeral Homes since 1999, when she and her husband moved from Arizona to start their own business.
Now, they say the funeral home’s closure is just one of many reasons that the business is closing, and that they are just trying to survive.
“We have been trying to do what we can, and we’re trying to save this business,” said Welter.
“But it’s not going to work without money.
We don’t know how long this will take.
We need the support of the community.
We have to make a decision.”
The first of a series of interviews with the families and employees who run Welter will be aired on Thursday, August 8 at 10 p.m.
ET on NBC.
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