“This disease is real, it is serious and it is deadly,” she wrote in his obituary. “Wear the mask, socially distance, if not for yourself then for others who may lose a loved one to the disease.”

“I couldn’t just write that he lived and died and had two children,” said Ms. Miller, a retired college professor, who wept as she spoke of her husband of 25 years. “I wanted people to read this and really read this.”…

“In the beginning, families wanted to keep Covid more private,” said Charles S. Childs Jr., an owner of A.A. Rayner & Sons Funeral Home in Chicago, where he has seen a surge of virus deaths in the last month. “That has changed. Now they want to make it public.”