COVID-19 Resources for Funeral Directors


 

COVID-19 Resources for
Colorado Funeral Directors

The Colorado Funeral Directors Association is the leading source
of information, education and resources for the funeral service
profession in the State of Colorado.

http://bit.ly/cofdacovid19

 


Colorado COVID-19 Overview

State Recovery and Assistance

CFDA is awaiting an announcement from Colorado Governor Jared Polis about the next phase of pandemic recovery after current health orders expire on May 26.

Earlier this week the first draft of guidelines for restaurants was posted for public review and comment: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MS_jLBNUi28Sr3tcHTXJuHY_3MPdPvU5/view

Funeral establishments, crematories and cemeteries can expect continued measures to maintain social distancing, sanitization and minimizing contacts points; gatherings may be allowed to increase incrementally.

More information will be posted here when available.

 


Best Practices for Funeral Homes, Crematories and Cemeteries

  • Allow employees to telecommute when possible.
  • Setup flexible shift plans to minimize the number of employees in the office.
  • Conduct meetings by telephone or online when possible.
  • 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. All mortuary workers and other deathcare workers who have contact with human remains known or suspected to be contaminated with COVID-19 must wear appropriate PPE.
  • If your funeral establishment has a critical need for PPE supplies, contact your County Emergency Manager. Click here for a list of Colorado emergency managers.
  • Limit interactions with the body.
  • Clean and disinfect items from the deceased before returning to the family.
  • Limit gatherings to immediate family. 
  • Encourage people who are ill or who are part of an at-risk population (e.g., the elderly, immune-compromised, etc.) to stay home.
  • Stagger appointments and events to limit number of people within the establishment.
  • Wear a face mask to protect yourself and others.
  • Practice social distancing: Maintain a distance of at least 6-ft between you and other people. Restrict or arrange seating to maximize space between people.
  • Routinely clean high-touch surfaces such as door handles. Use soap and water or detergent to clean visible dirt. Use EPA-registered disinfectants.
  • Encourage cough etiquette and hand hygiene for employees and guests. 
  • Minimize direct contact with staff, families and guests (e.g., handshakes, hugs, etc.)
  • Position a staff member to open a door during visitations and services to prevent people from touching the door handles.
  • Arrange a drive-by funeral procession so guests can pay respects from a safe distance;
  • Look into live streaming services over your funeral home's website, Facebook or YouTube. (Be sure to get written authorization to record and stream. Be aware of copyright laws for streaming content through Facebook, YouTube etc.)
  • Collaborate with photo and video professionals to produce recorded tributes that families can watch later;
  • Arrange virtual counseling and support groups for grieving families and guests;
  • Provide virtual options for guests to share messages and support during this difficult time.