Families faced with a loss in these days of Covid19 recovery, wonder how they will plan funeral arrangements, cremations, memorials or a celebration of life. As British Columbia continues to open and funeral homes are allowed to resume funeral services, Can-Trust-Funerals serves with its signature compassion. Professional funeral directors guide families experiencing loss in the lower mainland of BC with special attention to their needs and to the new conditions of care.
Can-Trust protects bereaved families, guests, pallbearers, staff and celebrants officiating at events. All are kept safe from transmission of any infection with additional protocols.
Funeral directors at Can-Trust comply with the strict guidelines set out by WorkSafe BC and Regional Health Authorities.
These modifications are some of the actions responsible funeral directors can make to lessen undue stress on grieving families and to ensure precautions are taken for safety:
Attending to family
- Maintaining familiar features of funeral services and expectations of guests attending funeral home events while observing social distancing
- Ensuring all surfaces are cleaned and sanitized prior to the arrival of family, guests, workers and volunteers. Hand sanitizers use is encouraged for individuals performing any rituals or graveside duties.
- Encouraging individuals in attendance to wear a properly fitting mask especially those who are at higher risk (such as aged 65+ or with chronic Illness)
Funeral procedures, pallbearers
Families get help navigating new procedures which include:
- Only members of the same households in any one vehicle and discouraging personal contact, unless members are living in the same residence
- Placing receiving cards and other items for the family in a separate enclosure and minimizing contact for a period of 24 hours
- Not calling on pallbearers, at this time as it eliminates social distancing. If they are to be present, using facial masks and not combining funeral home staff and family or friends in performing the duty.
Funeral processions, reception of guests
New observances as family and friends come together at a time of loss ensure that:
- Funeral limousines should have a barrier separating staff and attendees
- All chauffeur vehicles for the family comply with safety guidelines including the driver of the hearse carrying the deceased.
Families can still welcome guests after a celebration of life, graveside ceremony, memorial or cremation with food and beverages.
Refreshments should be in single service packages. This may be pre-packaged food prepared for guests in disposable containers, disposable beverage cups, cutlery, and napkins. This practice lowers the risk of spreading contagion.
Rely on the help Can-Trust’s funeral directors offer families to negotiate all regulations and changes due to Covid19’s presence in our community. We provide reliable, straightforward and affordable service, and with compassion, always.
Before you engage with any funeral homes, please call Can-Trust-Funeral at 604-376-7975 or email to book a free professional consultation. You are never obligated.
Our Can-Trust team of licensed funeral directors, provides funeral services in Burnaby, funeral services in Richmond, Vancouver and throughout the Lower Mainland.
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