General Information and Best Practices
MASKS ARE OPTIONAL FOR ENTRY INTO OUR BUILDING
Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, Congress authorized FEMA to provide financial assistance to individuals who incurred COVID-19-related funeral expenses after January 20, 2020.Read more about FEMA Funeral Reimbursement
As of July 31, 2021: Current restrictions allow for funeral attendance up to 250 people. This limit does not include funeral home staff, clergy, or cemetery staff.
- Face masks are no longer required in the funeral home, this is optional and personal preference.
- Food and beverages are permitted during visitations and/or services at the funeral home, we do ask that any food items be individually wrapped for contamination prevention.
- If you are sick or in a high risk group, we strongly advise you to stay at home and pass on your condolences to the family via guestbooks or with a sympathy card available on the online memorial website, or by phone.
- Avoid physical contact such as handshakes or hugs. Cough or sneeze into a tissue, dispose immediately, and then wash your hands with soap and water.
- Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from other individuals when in public.
As always, we will continue to minimize risk of contamination by keeping our environment clean and safe with regular, thorough sanitizing.
Preventative Actions for General Public Attending a Funeral Service or Visitation
Covid-19 is a new disease and we are still learning how it spreads. The following basic precautions should be followed by everyone in the general public.
- Stay at home if you are sick.
- Wear a mask or face covering when around others.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Following social distancing recommendations and proper handwashing will help prevent the spread of the disease. The virus that causes Covid-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person in close contact (i.e., within 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory disease spread. It also may be possible that a person can get Covid-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes. Older people and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions are at higher risk of developing serious Covid-19 illness.
Modifications to Services and Gatherings
As global concern about coronavirus (COVID-19) begins to have an increased impact on our community, we are taking steps necessary to ensure the safety of the families we serve and the community in general. Some families are making the decision to postpone services while others have opted to move forward with a small gathering of close family and friends. Please review the obituary of your loved one closely for service details and specific instructions about the decisions of the family. Should further changes to services be required, we will update this information accordingly.
Please note the following options are available to help us during these difficult times:
- The services may be kept small and/or private.
- Sympathy Cards may be sent directly from your loved one's obituary to help you express your condolences while maintaining social distance.
- Services may always be postponed.
- Use technology to connect virtually with family and friends.
- Plan a Memorial Service for a later date when restrictions are lifted.
- Hold a graveside-only service.
We are committed to adhering to the guidance by the CDC and government directives on public gatherings in order to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Risk of Covid-19 Spread
The risk of Covid-19 spreading at gatherings and services is ranked as follows, from lowest to highest:
- Lowest Risk: Virtual-only services and gatherings.
- Lower Risk: Smaller outdoor, in-person services and gatherings in which individuals from different households remain spaced at least 6 feet apart, wear masks, do not share objects, and come from the same local area (e.g., community, town, city, or county).
- Higher Risk: Medium-sized in-person services and gatherings, either indoors or outdoors, adapted to allow individuals to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart, with some individuals wearing face masks and with some attendees coming from outside the local area. Sharing of items is limited.
- Highest Risk: Large in-person services and gatherings held indoors and where is is difficult for individuals to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart; many attendees travel from outside the local area. Few individuals wear masks and objects are shared.