Funerals during COVID-19
The COVID-19 outbreak has altered the way we live our normal lives. From practicing social distancing to wearing masks when in public, we are making changes to prevent the spread of coronavirus. This is no different for funeral and memorial services. Losing a loved one is always a difficult time, and it is being made even more challenging due to coronavirus. Despite this, we are doing everything we can to ensure our funeral directors and guests can safely mourn.
We are closely monitoring the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization’s statements regarding the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). While funerals are specifically exempted from this order, we still urge caution if you are not feeling well or if you have traveled to areas of concern recently.
We still believe that gathering and supporting one another at a time of loss is important, which is why the State of Ohio has exempted funerals from the public gathering ban. In an effort to comply with the CDC’s most recent recommendation of no more than 10 people in attendance at public gatherings, all services and visitation will be strictly private. Attendance may be restricted based on space required to accommodate social distancing requirements issued by the State of Ohio.
At this point there has been no direction from any source that funeral services, cremations, visitations or life celebrations should be cancelled; However, we are strongly urging people to consider a private family visitation, and when possible, to have a memorial service at a later date.
We have also taken the following preventative measure to help stop the spread of COVID-19:
We use cleaning and disinfecting protocols to clean our facilities during and after each visitation and service
Frequent hand washing is paramount to help stop the spread of viruses
Employees who exhibit cold or flu-like symptoms or have any reason for concern have been instructed to stay home
To minimize direct contact, we ask that you avoid shaking hands, hugging or any other physical contact with the family
Any death that is caused by a respiratory illness will be treated with extra care to ensure there is no transfer of the COVID-19 virus
Above all, we are committed to the families we serve and we remain focused on maintaining the high standards and ethical practices we have always been known for. We know that the death of a loved one can be incredibly distressing. We are here to make sure that the COVID-19 outbreak does not cause you and your family more cause for concern.