Answering Common Questions About COVID-19 And Funeral Services

UPDATED MARCH 18, 2020

As our community is aware, there has been a lot of concern in regards to COVID-19, or more commonly known as the coronavirus. We are monitoring and following the guidelines from the National Funeral Directors Association and the CDC, and the leadership and staff of Conroy-Tully Walker remain vigilant and available to serve our community as safely and prudently as possible. We believe it is important to provide you with information that may help answer questions you have about COVID-19 and funeral services.

Memorial Gatherings and Funeral Services

Our primary concern is and always has been caring for our community. To ensure we do our part to reduce the spread, we suggest scheduling services for a future date. For all families requesting services to take place in the immediate aftermath of a loss, we will be honoring the restrictions put in place from Gov. Janet Mills. These restrictions will require services be private, limiting gatherings to 10 people or less. In addition, we will only be scheduling one service per day for services in our facilities. This will allow the opportunity for us to disinfect the entire funeral home prior to hosting another family. 

We have always helped families celebrate and honor their loved ones in a public forum. This worldwide pandemic will not prevent us from giving you an opportunity to publicly honor your loved one - it will just delay it. For families who choose to have a private ceremony instead of postponing, we will offer the opportunity to have a public memorial gathering at no additional charge on a mutually agreeable date in the future.

 Here are other considerations:

  • Conroy-Tully Walker has negotiated special rates with Headlight Audio Visual to offer recorded funerals where family and friends can watch the recorded funeral online. This reduced rate will be available exclusively to CTW families who wish to hold private services but still allow extended relatives and friends the opportunity to be a part of the ceremony.
  • If you are feeling sick in any way, please exercise an abundance of caution by staying home and not attending services. Rest assured, families will be understanding of your decision.
  • We invite the community to share your condolences online at www.ConroyTullyWalker.com
  • All members in attendance of private ceremonies are respectfully requested to avoid any and all physical contact with others.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at both Conroy-Tully Walker locations, but we highly encourage you to regularly wash your hands thoroughly with soap for no less than 20 seconds. 

Attending Services For Decedents Who Pass Away From COVID-19

Our care center personnel and embalmers follow strict ethical and protective measures when preparing remains for burial or cremation. Rest assured that with our standards in place, there are no known risks associated with being in the same room at a funeral or visitation service with the body of someone who has passed due to COVID-19. Implementing an overabundance of caution, we strongly encourage family members and friends to refrain from all physical contact with deceased loved ones. Our staff is committed to providing you a protected but respectful opportunity to say goodbye to your loved one.

Making Funeral Arrangements

If a family has a death as a result of COVID-19, either suspected or confirmed, we respectfully request to make all arrangements via phone, email or video conference. This measure will be put in place to protect our staff from sharing this virus with the broader community. Our commitment to our client families and our attention to detail will not be impacted by this temporary method of communication. As always, we are here for you and your family.

 

If you have questions that were not addressed in this blog, please reach out to us at info@conroytullywalker.com.

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