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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. 

 

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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).
  • Up to 10 people in attendance inside any visitation or funeral. 
  • Up to 10 people in attendance outside for any graveside service.

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:

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance for social and public gatherings in Nebraska with respect to the guidelines issued on March 16, 2020 by the White House and extended on March 29, 2020. These guidelines limit such gatherings to 10 people or less through at least April 30, 2020 in order to limit potential exposure to COVID-19. Therefore, the guidance applies to the time period of March 16, 2020 to April 30, 2020.

These recommendations are intended for organizers and staff responsible for planning events with numerous people in attendance (more than 10 people). Events include concerts, festivals, conferences, worship services, sporting and other such events.

One critically important way to slow the spread of respiratory viral infections, like COVID-19, is to reduce close contact (increasing social distancing).

For the period from March 16 – April 30, 2020, it is critical that:

Social gatherings be limited to 10 or less people.

Scheduled events will need to be modified, cancelled, or postponed. “Helping People Living Better Lives” Rev. 3/31/2020 | pg. 1

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.

Updated April 3, 2020

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.” 

Informational Resources: 

Public Gathering Guidance

On March 15, the CDC issued new guidance for mass gatherings recommending that for the next eight weeks (until May 10), organizers cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.

On March 16, the White House released “The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America - 15 Days to Slow the Spread.” Among these guidelines are that people “Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people” for the next 15 days. On March 29, the President extended his "15 Days to Slow the Spread" guidance - including the recommendation that organizers not plan public gatherings of more than 10 people - to April 30.

It would appear this would impact funerals/viewings in that they would be limited – perhaps to immediate family only – for the next 15 days. After this 15-day period concludes, the restrictions would continue with the CDC's eight-week limitations on mass gatherings.

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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