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In Service and In Crisis: How Funeral Homes are Navigating Philly’s Gun Violence Emergency

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Kimberly Paynter
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WHYY
Michael Forrest is the director and owner of Forrest-Walker Funeral home in West Philadelphia.

For funeral directors in Philadelphia, the city’s unrelenting gun violence epidemic has been daunting. There’s less time between funerals, but also a lot more emotional and physical stress as they guide family after family through a process steeped in shock and consuming pain. WHYY’s Aaron Moselle spoke to a pair of them and has this report.

(Original air-date: 10/21/21)

Aaron Moselle covers housing and community development for WHYY’s PlanPhilly, filing stories for both radio and web. He’s a city native and calls South Philadelphia home.