- You can still have a funeral or visitation during this pandemic
- You can still choose between cremation or burial
- Funerals are exempt from the mass gathering rules
- We are taking extra precautions to sanitize our funeral home
- Masks are not required for vaccinated attendees
- Masks are encouraged, but not required, for unvaccinated attendees
- Staff is available to aid anyone uncomfortable touching registry books, doors, etc.
Visitations and Funerals
Visitation and funerals are still allowed at this time in Ohio for those who have and have not passed away from COVID-19.
At this time, CDC guidance states, “There is currently no known risk associated with being in the same room at a funeral or visitation service with the body of someone who died of COVID-19.” However, the CDC also notes, “People should consider not touching the body of someone who has died of COVID-19.”
If you are uncomfortable holding a funeral service at this time, there is always the option to do a memorial service in the future once life has returned to normal.
If you are uncomfortable visiting the funeral home for visitation or services, we ask you to stay safe and not attend but reach out to the family to pay your respects.
Cremation or Burial
At this time, the CDC states that decedents with COVID-19 may be buried or cremated according to the family’s preferences. However, this is possible to change as the situation develops.
Funeral Home Precautions
We are taking the growing coronavirus pandemic very seriously. Our funeral home is regularly being cleaned and disinfected to try and ensure the safety of not only the families that we serve, but for the friends and relatives visiting. Our staff is available to assist anyone who feels uncomfortable opening doors, signing registry books, leaving cards, and things of the like. Our building is stocked with hand sanitizers and soap to make sure everyone has ample ability to clean and disinfect. Masks are mandatory for all visitors, including vaccinated individuals.
Recommended Funeral Practices by the CDC
- Using technology to connect virtually with family and friends during the grieving process.
- Considering modified funeral arrangements, such as limiting attendance at funerals held during shortly after the time of death to a small number of immediate family members and friends; and then holding additional memorial services when social distancing guidelines are less restrictive.
- Practicing social distancing by maintaining at least 6 feet between attendees, facility staff, and clergy or officiants when small, in-person services are held.
- Considering modifications to funeral rites and rituals (for example, avoid touching the deceased person’s body or personal belongings or other ceremonial objects) to make sure of everyone’s safety.
- Wearing cloth face coverings while around others and outside of your home.