Funerals During COVID-19 Pandemic
We care deeply about your health and safety as we go through this challenging time. Should you experience the loss of a loved one, we are here for you. Please review this information about how we are functioning as funeral providers in this unprecedented environment.
We can abide by social distancing guidelines for in-person funeral arrangements. If you are more comfortable making your initial funeral arrangements by telephone, email or video chat, we can accommodate that as well.
In-Person Funeral Services
We have made preparations at our facility to abide by state and CDC public health guidelines should you request an in-person viewing, funeral or memorial service.
We have implemented the following policies to ensure funerals can be held for immediate family while also meeting public health guidelines:
- Chapels will be set up with seating six feet apart to ensure social distancing.
- Anyone exhibiting signs of illness are discouraged from entering the facility.
- Webcasting and recordings will be made available for mourners to access safely from home on their own schedule.
- Funeral Home staff will take names and addresses verbally for the register book, to avoid cross-contamination via pens.
- Coffee and refreshment service will be temporarily suspended.
- CDC-recommended cleaning of high-touch points, such as doorknobs, will continue.
Please know that we also have the flexibility to work with you to hold a delayed service, once the pandemic has abated and social distancing is no longer required.
We know you’ve already sacrificed so much to stay healthy. If you lose a loved one, you don’t have to sacrifice the funeral you need to heal. It’s okay to wait. We will help you make that happen.
Modern embalming techniques and cold storage together allow burials to be delayed weeks to months. Cremations can move ahead and memorial services or Celebrations of Life can be held on any timeline.
Unfortunately grief and loss do not take a day off during crisis. Instead, they can be magnified as new stress related to the pandemic can trigger distress.
Our friends at What’s Your Grief have posted a helpful guide to Taking Care of Your Mental Health During Coronavirus.
If you find grief, anxiety or depression is affecting your daily life, you may need to speak with a therapist. Our local partners, Balance Stress Management and Therapy, are offering telehealth services to all Illinois residents. Call 847-450-0524 to make your appointment.
If you have any questions or concerns about funeral service or grief support, please call us 24-7 at 847-741-1128. We are here for you, now and always.
Daniel and Joy Symonds
Symonds-Madison Funeral Home