COVID-19: Updates & Info

June 20, 2020

 

Alexandria Funeral Home remains committed and prepared to safely care for the families it serves during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Whenever possible we will continue to enable families to participate in the rituals that are most important to them. As a member of the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), Alexandria Funeral Home regularly receives information via NFDA from the Center of Disease Control (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services and other agencies about the evolution of COVID-19 in the United States.

 

We recognize our responsibility to protect the health of those we are privileged to serve. We will continue to guide families, as we always have, in ways they can meaningfully and safely commemorate the life of their loved one, while adhering to the guidance issued by federal, state and local public health officials. Our staff remains vigilant about cleaning our facilities and ensuring we are all following recommended healthy habits, such as staying home when sick, washing our hands, covering coughs and sneezes, and social distancing.

 

Until further notice we are following the requirements set forth by Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear:

 

Beginning June 20, 2020 all Visitations, Funeral and Memorial Services under the direction of Alexandria Funeral Home will be limited to 50% of our occupancy capacity with social distancing enforcement of six feet between households.

 

We encourage everyone to wear a mask or facial covering.

 

For your safety and convenience, a hand sanitizing station will be available upon entering the funeral home.

 

Our staff will politely ask anyone (family or non-family members) to step outside if they are seen continually coughing or sneezing.

 

No food or drinks will be allowed into the funeral home.

 

Flowers and gifts are allowed. However, state guidance is suggesting considering other ways to pay your respects. This is due to the number of people that may touch the item in processing and delivery.

 

During Visitations we will rotate guest into the funeral home. The number of people allowed in at a time will vary depending on the size of the family we are serving. We ask that you please enter and exit quickly to ensure that everyone is given the opportunity to pay their respects. Regardless of weather, we cannot allow people to wait their turn inside of the funeral home. You may be asked to wait in your vehicle.

 

Funeral and Memorial Services conducted at Alexandria Funeral Home will be limited to 50% of our occupancy capacity with social distancing enforcement of six feet between households. We are recommending that Funeral and Memorial Services that are to take place at the funeral home remain private. This recommendation is due to the inability to know exactly how many people may show up to a public service. We would potentially be forced to turn people away if there is not enough room. Please keep in mind that Funeral and Memorial Services can be recorded or live streamed on our Facebook page at the family’s request.

 

We expect that churches and other gathering place will have similar requirements. Please note that if visitations and services are to take place at a facility other than Alexandria Funeral Home, they may have additional requirements.

 

We strongly advise the following:

 

Please stay home if you are experiencing any symptoms of a contagious illness or if anyone in your household is sick. Consider paying your respects in another way. Examples of this are: calling the family of the deceased to express your sympathy, sending a card, or making a memorial donation.

 

Please, know that we understand the added stress that this brings to families during what is already a difficult time. You have our promise that we will do our best to provide dignified final arrangements for your loved one.

 

In closing, please keep in mind that while this is challenging for everyone, these restrictions are put in place to protect everyone’s health. Our elderly family, friends and neighbors are the most vulnerable to illness. It is this fact that makes visitations, funerals, and memorial services of special concern due to the large number of our elderly that typically attend. As a community, we can help take care of each other not only by practicing healthy habits, but also by showing patience and kindness towards each other during this trying time.

 

Best regards,

 

Alexandria Funeral Home

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