Update regarding funeral services and COVID 19
The world is grappling with an issue of enormous scale and human impact, and our hearts go out to all who have been affected by the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).
At Bednarsky Funeral Home, Inc., we believe it is our role and responsibility during this time to prioritize two things: the health and well-being of our staff, our clients, and our family and friends while also playing a constructive role in supporting local health officials and government leaders as they work to contain the virus. Through that lens, we will continue to make decisions regarding public funerals and gatherings with vigilance and courage informed by the latest information. Our professional organizations, the New York State Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association are keeping us updated on the recommendations from the Health Department, the Bureau of Funeral Directing and the CDC as to the precautions needed for handling human remains that may be contaminated by COVID-19. In addition, we are carefully monitoring the recommendations about public gatherings. Be aware that the primary purpose of embalming is to disinfect human remains, and that process would neutralize viruses, including COVID-19. In the case of a full-service funeral, a risk of infection does not come from the dead.
Funeral service has always taken an active role in the care and custody of all individuals stricken with illnesses, and we will continue to care for the members of our community with grace and compassion as we navigate this health crisis.
We will use the honor system to conform to the guidelines of the New York State Department of Health.
Should we even have a funeral?
- funerals offer an opportunity for friends and family to gather together to demonstrate their connection to the individual who died and to offer condolences to those who are bereft.
- funerals offer a unique environment of caring, with rituals and space for expressions of grief, in the presence of others for support
- funerals often remind us that we have a spiritual connection to universal truths that are bigger and more mysterious than we can comprehend
- it is possible to attend a visitation and funeral service while keeping your distance from others if you are concerned about COVID19 infection
- we encourage any individual who is experiencing symtoms of a respiratory illness to stay home and take care of themselves.
- although there is never true 'closure', a funeral may help to focus strong feelings in ways that make it a bit easier to see that a future exists for the living and that there is hope for better times.
At Bednarsky Funeral Home, Inc., we strive to fulfill the funeral needs of every person that we work with. We are prepared to use technology to livestream these private gatherings at the funeral home via Facebook Live or other platforms so that those outside of the immediate family may participate as well.
Families may also choose to bury or cremate immediately following the death, and plan to schedule a memorial once the pandemic subsides.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.