COVID-19 Preparedness Plan for Stephens Funeral Service
Stephens Funeral Service is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all our workers and customers. To ensure we have as safe and healthy workplace, we have developed the following COVID-19 Preparedness Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Managers and workers are all responsible for implementing this plan. Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 in our workplaces and communities, and that requires full cooperation among our workers, management and customers. Only through this cooperative effort can we establish and maintain the safety and health of all persons in our workplaces.
Management and workers are responsible for implementing and complying with all aspects of this COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. Stephens Funeral Service managers and supervisors have our full support in enforcing the provisions of this policy and we encourage our workers to ask questions, raise safety and health concerns and offer suggestions related to the plan and its implementation.
Our workers are our most important assets. We are serious about safety and health and keeping our workers working at Stephens Funeral Service. Worker involvement is essential in developing and implementing a successful COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. We have involved our workers in this process by addressing our workers concerns, taking in their suggestions and feedback and integrating them into developing the plan. Our COVID-19 Preparedness Plan follows State of Minnesota Industry Guidance for our business, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidelines, federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards related to safety and health precautions required in response to COVID-19 and applicable executive orders. The plan addresses the following:
- policies and procedures that assist in the identification of sick workers and ensure sick workers stay home;
- implementation of engineering and administrative controls for social distancing;
- worker hygiene and source controls;
- workplace building and ventilation protocols;
- workplace cleaning and disinfecting protocols;
- drop-off, pick-up and delivery practices and protocols; and
- communications, training and supervision practices and protocols.
- what customers and clients can do to minimize transmission;
- additional protections and protocols for receiving and exchanging payment;
- additional protections and protocols for managing occupancy;
- additional protections and protocols to limit face-to-face interactions; and
- additional protection and protocols for distancing and barriers.
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, November 20, 2020 at 11:59 pm through Friday, December 18, 2020, 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 indoor settings, occupancy must not exceed 50 percent of the normal occupant capacity as determined by the fire marshal, with a maximum of 250 people in a single self-contained space. 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.
- In outdoor settings, gatherings must not exceed 250 individuals.
- 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 distancing.
- Funeral Receptions (where food and beverages are served) must not be held by individuals, venues, and businesses.
- 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