FALL RIVER — Families that postponed memorial services or life celebrations for loved ones who died during the darkest days of the coronavirus pandemic are now making up for lost time.

Local funeral directors, clergy and restaurant owners say they’ve been busy keeping pace with pent-up demand from families and friends — who forwent memorial services and celebrations of life, when COVID-19 state restrictions imposed strict limits on the number of people who could assemble indoors for social gatherings.

“We’re booked from August into October,” said Jeff Davis, general manager of the Cherry Place Waring-Sullivan Homes of Memorial Tribute on Winter Street.

Paul St. Louis, funeral director and operations manager for Silva-Faria Funeral Homes on Bedford Street, also said he’s been getting more calls lately requesting memorial services.

Funeral director Paul St. Louis stands in the casket display room of Silva-Faria Funeral Homes on Bedford Street.

St. Louis said whatever revenue was lost from families canceling or postponing plans for memorial services is now being recovered.

“There are definitely more (memorial services) this year compared to when the churches closed and weren’t able to do a full Mass. I’d say we’re almost back to normal now,” he said.

Life celebrations are typically less religiously formal than memorial services and are often arranged without the involvement of a funeral home, especially when it comes to cremation.