COVID-19 and Funeral Services
Trying to find balance in responsibility and support
We are facing uncertain days and uncharted waters in dealing with the global pandemic of COVID-19. Traditions and customs that each family would normally incorporate into the funeral service for their loved one are now subject to regulations and guidelines to decrease the spread of the virus. However, we are here for you. It remains our sacred duty to walk with each family through their shadowed valley. Part of that journey involves exploring different methods of meeting the needs of grieving families and friends, explaining options related to the service and what can occur, and educating others on how they can participate in memorializing the deceased.
CDC guidelines, coupled with mandates and recommendations on the federal, state, and local level strongly encourage every citizen to avoid social gatherings of any size, avoid close proximity to every individual, wash hands repeatedly throughout the day, exercise etiquette when coughing or sneezing, and the like. When providing funeral services and ceremonial gatherings, obviously these guidelines can easily be forgotten. Our desire to offer support and comfort to the recently bereft can quickly overcome our fear of disease or our commitment to be responsible citizens.
Those who have lost loved ones know the benefit of the support of friends and family; they know the significance of having a meaningful, professional and personal funeral service. We remain committed to helping make these time-honored traditions available. And, we can do that in a safer manner, by encouraging those who are considering attending a funeral or visitation to remember the following principles:
(1) Please do not attend if you or those with you are experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19.
(2) Try to avoid shaking hands or getting in close proximity with others at services (CDC recommends six feet of distance).
(3) Wash your hands, or use hand sanitizing gel, before and after you attend services.
(4) Consider alternative options to personally attending the service such as the following: leaving a touching tribute on the obituary page of the website, providing a meal delivered by a service the restaurant uses (grub hub, door dash, grub south, etc.), sending a floral tribute or sympathy card, a phone call or personal note.
(5) Remain committed to meeting the genuine needs of the family over the personal desire to see or be seen (if the visitor is not well, they could potentially spread the disease to an already heartbroken family or other visitors).
Obviously, changes to recommendations are being made regularly. Please feel free to contact us at any of our three convenient locations for questions regarding current regulations and subsequent policies. Also, you can visit cdc.gov for further information.
We join our leaders, our citizens, and our nation in prayer, asking God to bless and protect us … and all the more as we seek to be a blessing to others.
On September 2, 2020, the National Funeral Directors Association announced that Morrison Funeral Homes was a recipient of the 2020 Pursuit of Excellence Award. Only 141 funeral homes from across the nation were chosen for this honor. Those achieving this distinction have demonstrated "a commitment to raising the bar on funeral service excellence by adhering to strict ethical and professional standards and providing outstanding service to families and communities." This is the eighth time Morrison Funeral Homes has been recognized as a Pursuit of Excellence Award winner.
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