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           COVID-19 Update

To Our Iowa Communities,

 Assisting families and friends with loss is our privilege and honor as funeral directors. Given the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to know that funeral directors throughout Iowa are taking precautions to limit exposure to the coronavirus. We are still operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week making certain that those entrusted to our care and the families we serve are receiving uninterrupted service and attention, regardless of the cause of death.

 

Effective Friday, May 1, Spiritual and religious gatherings are not prohibited by this section, but a church, synagogue, or other host of a spiritual or religious gathering shall implement reasonable measures under the circumstances of each gathering to ensure social distancing of employees, volunteers, and other participants, increased hygiene practices, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 consistent with guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health. 

  • Funeral ceremonies are permitted as a spiritual or religious gathering regardless of whether the service is in a church, funeral home, or some other location and regardless of who is conducting the ceremony. Attendance at a funeral ceremony is not restricted, however, the above noted reasonable public health measures shall be implemented.

  • A funeral visitation, regardless of when that visitation is held, is still considered a mass gathering and limited to a 10-person gathering limit. A rolling visitation where there are no more than 10 people gathered at any one time would not violate the order, although this practice is considered potentially risky. Vulnerable Iowans are strongly urged to avoid these gatherings. 

 

Beginning June 1, social, community, recreational, leisure and sporting gatherings, which includes funeral visitations, of more than 10 people may be held, however, the following provisions must be followed:

  • Capacity is limited to 50% of normal operating capacity (indoor or outdoor) to ensure adequate space for groups.
  • The gathering organizer must ensure at least six feet of physical distance between each group or individual attending alone.
  • The gathering organizer must implement other reasonable measures under the circumstances of each gathering to ensure social distancing of gathering participants, increased hygiene practices and promote other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

Any social, community, recreational, leisure and sporting gathering or event of more than 10 people that does not comply with these requirements shall continue to be prohibited at all locations and venues.

All vulnerable Iowans should limit their in-person interactions and exercise care and caution when engaging in any necessary interactions.

In our continued commitment to our community, we have invested in equipment and software to allow the live streaming of services through our Facebook page, as well as FaceTime and various forms of technology.  This will allow family and friends to be able to grieve with your family from a distance, and without fear of exposure.  We continue to be vigilant in efforts to keep up to date with the latest information provided by State and Federal Agencies.  We look forward to the day our community will be able to gather again to "Honor Lives" together. We have ensured our facilities are designed to allow for a roling visitation, as well as, a drive thru option for those choosing to pay their respects from a distance. 

Our sympathies go out to anyone who has the additional burden of grief and loss during this time, and we are here to guide each family with their particular needs on an individual basis. We encourage bereaved families to work with their funeral director to create meaningful services that fall within the governor's emergency order of limiting large public gatherings.


In an effort to limit the spread of the virus is to refrain from going out in public if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are feeling unwell.  Instead, feel free to contact the funeral home handling services and they will be willing to share your sympathies with the family of the deceased.  They may also offer various options to extend your support and care for them during this difficult time.

We are your neighbors and friends. Please know that above all, we remain focused on serving grieving families with the health and well-being of our communities in mind as we move forward together in the coming weeks and months.

Deepest Regards, 

Liz Markham - Owner

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