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When you have experienced the loss of a loved one, you can trust us to guide you through the arrangements necessary to create a meaningful ceremony that celebrates the unique life being honored. Our staff is committed to providing your family with the highest quality care and service in your time of need, and we take pride in our responsibility to lighten your burden as you take the first steps toward healing. 

 

Please NOTE: Landline phone problems continue, 2 default numbers to call if no answer on traditional landline - direct to my answering service
402-644-0703 and 402-649-6950.

Pandemic considerations

 While the important work of caring for the loved ones of our community during a time of need.  Our duty to protect the public from the ravages of this pandemic viral outbreak spreading are clear. 

  • Keep a 6 foot social distance from others (inside or outside).
  • Wear a cloth cover over your mouth & nose in public (inside or outside).
  • Now determinable by each church how many can be held in their sanctuary in attendance inside any visitation (Johnson Funeral Home is immediate family plus 10 people) or funeral (determined by each church)
  • Up to number of people in allowable attendance at funeral service may attend graveside service (using social distancing guidelines).

Visitations & Funerals

Important Advisories:

  • If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and/or develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, the CDC advises you to call your healthcare provider for medical advice.
  • Your local and/or state public health officials may be making recommendations for the care of decedents and/or public gatherings that are more stringent than what the CDC and federal government have recommended. In these cases, you should defer to your state and/or local public health officials.

 Purpose of Guidance:

 

Social gatherings be limited to the allowable room in each venue where social distancing of 6 feet can still be observed between families who do not live under the same roof.

If the event can be modified consider:

Televising the event

Teleconferences/videoconferences

Postponing to a later date.

This guidance applies to all previously planned social gatherings including church services, funerals, weddings, parades, and festivals.

Overview

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.” 

Public Gathering Guidance

As of May 4th, funerals may be held with regards to physical distancing guidelines and not the “ten-person rule” but are limited to the ceremony or service only. Other gatherings before or after the service are subject to the ten-person rule.

Please read the attached guidelines from DHHS regarding “Conduct of Faith-Based Services Including Weddings and Funerals” carefully to ensure compliance.

Some items included in the guidelines:

  • Funeral services held in funeral homes are permissible so long as such services comply with the guidelines. Receiving lines are not permitted. Receptions, meal functions, or other gatherings before or after the service are subject to the ten person rule.
  • Physical participation in a funeral is dependent on the size and structure of the building to allow for appropriate social distancing between parties. A “party” should be understood to include members of a household who live together and may be seated together but should maintain six feet of social distance from other parties.
  • Continue to encourage those who are sick or high risk to stay home – see guideline for list. Continue the use of video and other streaming technologies for those not able to attend.
  • No passing of any items between parties
  • No use of books, hymnals, etc. unless brought to the service and removed after the service.
  • Manage arrival and departure to prevent interaction of less than six feet between parties. Encourage the use of ushers and entrance/exit only doors to manage crowd flow.

As with any gathering or event, you should check with local health officials to determine whether there are any prohibitions on holding public events, such as a visitation or funeral. Some states or cities have begun restricting public gatherings; these restrictions take precedence. We encourage you to follow this guidance for the safety of all funeral home staff and the families you serve. 

Other Recommendations

Ultimately, funeral homes have to determine how they will best balance the important guidance they are receiving from federal, state and local public health officials with the needs of their families. 

As an extra layer of precaution for those you serve, as well as you and your staff, you may want to consider:

  • Encourage people who are ill or who are part of an at-risk population (e.g., the elderly, immune-compromised, etc.) to stay home.
  • Reminding families how to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as by staying home if you are sick, social distancing, washing your hands, and covering coughs and sneezes.
  • The CDC has great informational flyers about healthy habits, such as “How to Stop The Spread of Germs,” you can post in your funeral home.
  • Keep soap dispensers filled in public (and employee) restrooms. The CDC has several informational flyers on handwashing you can post in public and staff restrooms.
  • Offer alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to guests (and employees).
  • Have extra tissues on hand.

 

Some funeral homes are taking additional measures such as:

  • Scaling back direct contact with families and guests (e.g., handshakes, hugs, etc.)
  • Keeping the front door open (weather permitting) or ensuring a staff person is always available to open a door during visitations and services to prevent people from touching the door knob
  • Providing free or reduced cost webcasting, providing internet network is available or viable in each location.

With limited supplies of disinfectants and protective gear in many areas, the National Concrete Burial Vault Association – with unanimous approval from its Board of Directors and member businesses Doric, Eagle, Trigard, and Wilbert Funeral Services Inc - recommends that funeral homes immediately discontinue the use of the following items, and any other similar items, due to inability to easily disinfect and to enable social distancing:

  • Lap blankets, 
  • Water cooler service, 
  • Chairs and chair covers,
  • Tent sidewalls

 

 

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