A Message to Colorado Communities
Thank You to Colorado's #LastResponders
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 Colorado are taking precautions to limit exposure to the coronavirus.
Funeral homes, crematories and cemeteries 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.
In the last days and weeks, the Colorado Funeral Directors Association has been in regular contact with numerous state and federal agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and the Colorado Department of Public Health, ensuring that the information our member funeral homes receive is as current as possible. Funeral homes are in regular contact with local officials ensuring that public welfare is a primary concern.
Since March 26, funeral homes, crematories and cemeteries may continue operate with strict compliance with Social Distancing Requirements for employees and any attendees of services. As of June 2, funeral homes, crematoriums, and cemeteries may operate at 50% of the posted occupancy limit not to exceed 50 people, with strict compliance with Social Distancing Requirements for employees and any attendees of services. Receptions are NOT permitted in conjunction with funeral or memorial services.
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. Your Funeral Director will work with you to create meaningful services that fall within the Governor's emergency order of limiting large public gatherings.
- Conducting arrangement conferences with your family by appointment, by phone and/or online;
- Limiting family and guests who may enter the funeral home;
- Requiring that all visitors wear face coverings and instituting "no touch" interactions (no hugs, handshakes, etc.);
- Offering options to delay or postpone funeral and memorial services;
- Limiting those who may attend funeral services and cemetery burials to a maximum of 50 people;
- Employing social distancing measures at all services, including restricted seating and maintaining distance between staff and guests;
- Offering live video streaming during services through Facebook or YouTube;
- Coordinating photo and video professionals to produce recorded tributes that families can watch later;
- Arranging for drive-by funeral processions so guests can pay respects from a safe distance;
- Providing virtual options to let the bereaved know that you support and care for them during this difficult time;
- Holding community memorial services to allow people to express their grief and mourn those who have died.
We also want to caution you to limit exposure if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are feeling unwell.
- Please stay home to not only speed your recovery and prevent spreading illness, but to also protect those in high-risk groups.
- If you are experiencing a cough, fever, or shortness of breath, we encourage you to NOT attend funeral services.
We are your neighbors and friends. Funeral directors live and work in your communities and we take the impact of this pandemic seriously.
Please know that above all, we are committed to the families we serve. We remain focused on maintaining high standards and ethical practices as we serve the dead and bereaved with the health and well-being of our communities in mind as we move forward together in the coming weeks and months.
On behalf of the Members of the Colorado Funeral Directors Association
Kevin Wood, CMSP, CFSP
Colorado Funeral Directors Association