It’s been a very trying time for families to make arrangements and celebrate the lives of their loved ones during the Covid 19 Corona Virus. In addition to the sheer difficulty of travel and occupancy while coping with the virus, families are particularly sensitive to the idea “our loved ones deserve a service that honors and celebrates their lives.”
We’ve looked at every element of our services to help families. In addition to following the Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) guidelines of ample sanitizer stations, providing space for social distancing and managing the capacity of guests, and observing the requirement of masks for the duration of their visits.
It’s just as important as it ever was to comfort families and celebrate lives; maybe even more so. We’ve added additional steps to help families. Services such as truly “touchless” registry, using your phone to sign in and leave a memorial message the family will have provided for them in their registry book at the conclusion of services. Families may complete their entire arrangements via Zoom or Facetime if they wish. We can provide professional live-streaming of services from our chapel, your place of worship, and even the cemetery, if a family wishes. After the live-streaming, the service is then shared on our website alongside the obituary so a family may review the services. We will also provide a recording of the service.
We’ve asked families to assist us in helping assign some times to their guests so as not to overly crowd our chapel. We’ve placed our furniture over 6 feet apart to encourage comforting at the safely prescribed distance. Our facility itself is thoroughly sanitized after every use to ensure no lingering effects of the virus exist between services.
Everyday we are looking for ways to continue to keep you safe while continuing to provide a place for you to celebrate the lives of your loved ones. Like you, we believe they deserve the most compassionate and special services we provide. It’s a challenge to be sure. But it’s a loving challenge we gratefully accept.
I wanted to thank you for suggesting that we add a virtual element to the services for our dad. It’s difficult to know the best way to honor someone’s life during COVID. We both expected and understood that many people would choose not to attend the wake/funeral service for a variety of reasons. The livestream provided friends and relatives to attend from the safety of their own home. I am both surprised and grateful for the people who tuned in and then texted, emailed and called to say how lovely it was. Whether it was a cousin in Ireland, a granddaughter in Oklahoma, a niece in Nevada or a friend from a few blocks away, they were all there with us to honor George and participate in the service. For myself, the chance to listen to my brother’s eulogy again and hear Catherine’s rendition of “Danny Boy” is a tremendous comfort as I grieve the loss of such a great man. This would not have been a possibility had you not suggested the livestream.