Washburn-McReavy, Funeral Chapels, Cemeteries and Cremation Services is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace for our valued staff and helping the community we serve to do the same. We have been closely monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak according to the guidelines and recommendations of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
We want to share with you the actions we are taking to help protect our staff and the families we serve.
Our staff has been trained to follow the public health authorities’ guidance regarding hygiene and personal travel, and we’ve reinforced existing policy encouraging staff who exhibit flu-like symptoms to stay home and consult with a medical professional. We have also posted signage within our locations advising visitors to make responsible decisions about attending services in person if they feel symptomatic.
We want you to know that we are open and available to help you and that we still respond to calls when a death occurs.
We are following community and CDC recommendations to limit gatherings.
We are requiring social distancing when at our facilities and to not attend events at our facilities if they have a cough, a fever or feel ill.
Reception and Community Room events are suspended until further notice.
Families are encouraged to participate in Arrangement Conferences using other technologies; (e.g. our Collaboration Center, e-mail, conference calls etc.), if in-person Arrangement meetings are not feasible.
We appreciate the trust that you place in us. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and take actions necessary to help keep our staff and our community safe while providing the services you need during this difficult time.
The McReavy Family
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Am I at risk if I go to a funeral or visitation service for someone who died of COVID-19?
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.
Am I at risk if I touch someone who died of COVID-19 after they have passed away?
The virus that causes COVID-19 is spread mainly from person-to-person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. This type of spread is not a concern after death. Read more from the CDC about the virus spreads here.
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, though this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
People should consider not touching the body of someone who has died of COVID-19. The elderly and/or people with severe underlying health conditions are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. There may be a lower chance of spreading from certain types of touching, such as holding the hand or hugging, after the body has been prepared for viewing. Other activities, such as kissing, washing, and shrouding, should be avoided before, during, and after the body has been prepared, if possible. If washing the body or shrouding are important religious or cultural practices, families are encouraged to work with their community’s cultural and religious leaders and funeral home staff on how to reduce their exposure as much as possible. At a minimum, people conducting these activities should wear disposable gloves. If splashing of fluids is expected, additional personal protective equipment (PPE) may be required (such as disposable gown, face shield, or goggles and N-95 respirator).
How can loved ones safely handle belongings of someone who died from COVID-19?
If desired, you may retrieve the belongings of a loved one who has died of COVID-19 outside their home (for example, in a hospital setting). Family members may retrieve these belongings at the funeral home or the healthcare facility.
You should use gloves and practice good hand hygiene when handling your loved ones’ belongings; be sure to use the CDC’s household item-specific cleaning and disinfection guidelines, found here.
Do those who have died of COVID-19 have to be cremated?
At this time, the CDC has not placed limitations on the handling and disposition of those who have passed from COVID-19, and choices may be made according to the family’s wishes.
Can my loved one’s service be live-streamed?
Washburn-McReavy funeral chapels are fully equipped to live-stream loved one’s funerals at the request of the family in order to further aid in proper social distancing. The chapels will also be arranged in accordance to CDC guidelines regarding social distancing and disinfectant precautions for those attending in-person. In addition, we ask that masks be worn in the chapels for the protection of yourself and others present.
How many people can attend funeral services at this time?
In accordance with State guidelines, our chapels are currently operating at 50 percent capacity; (maximum capacity 35 – 70 people depending on the chapel) consult with a funeral director for your specific needs. By working under these parameters, we offer those attending their loved one’s service a safe area to grieve and process. Washburn-McReavy will continue to follow the State’s guidelines as they progress and as we deem it safe to do so for the families we serve.
Are masks required at funeral services and burial?
Masks are required at all funerals and burials in accordance with the State guidelines and our continued efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, protecting the families we continue to serve.
How long can we wait to have a funeral service or burial?
Washburn-McReavy will work with you to plan the funeral of a loved one at any time, allowing you and your family time to process and feel safe attending the ceremony. Regarding the burial or cremation of body, a more specific timeframe may need to be set to remain in accordance with state and local laws. Washburn-McReavy will work with you to set a plan into effect, creating the most comfortable schedule in your time of need.
Your Safety is Our Priority
We ask that visitors and employees maintain a distance of 6 feet from one another.
We require all staff and visitors to wear face coverings that meet CDC, state and local requirements.
We ask our visitors and staff to follow CDC guidelines by washing their hands regularly with soap and water.
We regularly clean high-touch areas per CDC guidelines. Hand sanitizer is also available for our visitors.