Stephens Funeral Service Is Prepared to Safely Care For Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Stephens Funeral Service remains committed and prepared to safely care for the families it serves during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Whenever possible, Stephens Funeral Service will continue to enable families to participate in the rituals that are most important to them.
And according to the CDC, at this time, there is no known risk associated with being in the same room at a funeral or visitation service with the body of someone who died of confirmed or suspected COVID-19; however, federal, state and local public health guidance may impact the size of gathering a family is able to plan. Depending on a family’s preferences, their loved one can be safely embalmed. Families may chose either burial or cremation as usual.
“At Stephens Funeral Service, we recognize our responsibility to protect the health of those we are privileged to serve,” said Nathan Stephens, Owner. “We will continue to guide families, as we always have, in ways they can meaningfully commemorate the life of their loved one, while adhering to the guidance issued by federal, state and local public health officials.”
Stephens continued: “Our staff remains vigilant about cleaning our facilities and ensuring we’re all following recommended healthy habits, such as staying home when sick, washing our hands, and covering coughs and sneezes. The CDC and our state and local public health officials have offered a lot of helpful guidance for businesses on this topic, which we continue to follow.”
We will continue to work with each and every family on an individual basis to find the best way for them to celebrate the life of their loved one and create a meaningful ceremony that will aid in the grief process, while adhering to the requirements of the Department of Health guidelines and protecting public safety.
As a member of the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), Stephens Funeral Service regularly receives information via NFDA from the CDC, Department of Health and Human Services and other agencies about the evolution of COVID-19 in the United States. NFDA continues to lead the conversation with federal officials about the role of funeral service as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic.
If the staff of Stephens Funeral Service can be of assistance, please contact us at (888)229-6200 or stephensfuneralservice.com
Emergency Executive Order 20-20, Directing Minnesotans to Stay at Home
- Beginning Friday, March 27, 2020 at 11:59 pm through Monday, May 18, 2020 at 5:00 pm, all
persons currently living in the State of Minnesota are ordered to stay at home in their current
place of residence.
- Individuals may leave home to attend funerals, whether at a place of worship, funeral home,
burial site, or other similar location, provided that the gathering consists of no more than 10
attendees. The space utilized must allow for social distancing (six feet spacing between people).
Venues should make accommodations for remote attendance, if possible, for others. Individuals
who are at high risk from COVID-19 are strongly encouraged to attend remotely.
- Funeral homes are authorized to meet with families to make arrangements for final disposition,
but should do so by telephone or remotely when possible. If funeral homes must meet with
families, they should do so provided they practice social distancing consistent with the
Department of Health and CDC guidance.
- Private viewing for the purpose of identifying the decedent by the person or persons with the
right to control final disposition as described in Minnesota Statutes, section 149A.80, is acceptable
provided that the viewing is consistent with the Department of Health and CDC guidance on social
- Electronic or digital signatures are acceptable as long as they follow the guidelines in Minnesota
Statutes, chapter 325L.
Please find a list of resources for grief support below.
Funeral Options During the Pandemic https://www.rememberingalife.com/covid-19/funeral-options-during-the-pandemic
Attending a Funeral https://www.rememberingalife.com/covid-19/attending-a-funeral
If You Aren’t Able to Have a Funeral for a Loved One https://www.rememberingalife.com/covid-19/if-you-arent-able-to-have-a-funeral-for-a-loved-one
Supporting Friends & Family When a Funeral Isn’t Possible https://www.rememberingalife.com/covid-19/supporting-friends-and-family-when-a-funeral-isnt-possible
When a Loved One Dies of COVID-19 Overseas https://www.rememberingalife.com/covid-19/when-a-loved-one-dies-of-covid-19-overseas
Grieving Alone & Together