During the outbreak of COVID-19, the Governor’s and Mayor’s offices (under the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, C.D.C.) have recommended gatherings be limited to no more than 10 people.
What does this mean for a funeral service?
Pick up and removal service is unaffected by these guidelines. If your loved one passes away, we are still able to bring them into our care.
We are no longer allowed to have traditional full funeral service gatherings with more than 10 people. We are creating alternative styles of service to accommodate the new rulings for public gatherings.
This recommendation also extends to Graveside Services. Even though open-air gatherings have little or no surface contact issues, the C.D.C. is still limiting gatherings of more than 10 people whether indoors or outdoors.
Churches in the local area are closing for funeral services, as well as luncheon facilities. Using these as an option is dwindling quickly.
What options do we have for a funeral service?
We can still hold a visitation with a viewing, as long as the total number of people in the room does not exceed the recommended 10 people. We will be extending our hours for visitations to allow people to pay their respects. With more time available, we will hopefully be able to keep the number of people at any given time lower than the 10 people threshold.
We can still hold viewings for immediate family. We will be scheduling private times for the family to spend with their loved ones separate from the public visitation. This will help aid in social distancing.
We do have the capability to Live Stream a funeral service. This will be an alternative option to having a funeral service, due to privacy concerns. Ask your Funeral Director if you are interested in this option. Currently, we are limited to Facebook Live for streaming, with more options coming in the future.
Information from the C.D.C. is changing rapidly. We are closely monitoring the situation and will relay any new information as it becomes available. If you have further questions, please ask your Funeral Director or call the funeral home.
Brian K. Roeder, owner
Roeder Mortuaries, Inc.
National Funeral Directors Association
Nebraska Funeral Directors Association
Cremation Association of North America
Veterans & Family Memorial Care
Honoring Wonderful Lives
Better Business Bureau