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Coronavirus Information

Griffith-Cline Funeral and Cremation Services Is Prepared to Safely Care For Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Griffith-Cline Funeral and Cremation Services is operating business as usual and remains committed and prepared to safely care for the families we serve during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Whenever possible, we will continue to enable families to participate in the rituals that are most important to them.

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 Griffith-Cline we recognize our responsibility to protect the health of those we are privileged to serve. 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.  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. We are committed to keeping our facility and equipment clean and sanitized. 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 are following the guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding mass gatherings as well as the guidelines issued by the National Funeral Directors Association and regulations put in place by the State of Florida and the counties we serve. We encourage you to stay informed about this virus and stay safe. Please know that we are here to serve you today, as we have been for the past 82 years and we have been able to create options for every facet of funeral planning and execution, whether the final disposition is burial or cremation. Telephone us at 941.748.1011 to speak with one of our experienced funeral directors who can help guide you through these difficult times.

For more information regarding COVID-19 and how it impacts funerals please click the heading below to be forwarded to the National Funeral Directors web page dedicated to this topic.





Procedures and Service Options Update
as of March 25, 2020

GENERAL OPERATION PROCEDURES
  • Administrative office hours are revised to 9 am - 3 pm weekdays, excluding holidays, until the pandemic abates.
  • Clients must set an appointment to meet with any staff member. This includes picking up cremated remains and/or death certificates.
  • One administrative staff member will be at the funeral home during office hours.
  • One Licensed Funeral Director will be at the funeral home during office hours.
  • All remaining administrative staff and Licensed Funeral Directors will work remotely from their residences.
  • We are able to process all administrative facets of a funeral service, whether burial or cremation remotely.
  • We are able to handle all facets of an Arrangement Conference remotely and have the ability to offer several options for this:
    1. By telephone.
    2. By e-mail.
    3. Through our website integration.
    4. Through teleconferencing via Facetime.
  • We will allow a maximum of 10 individuals to be in our facility at one time, including staff members.
STAFF PROCEDURES TO KEEP OUR FACILITY CLEAN AND SANITIZED
  • Staff members will wash their hands with antibacterial soap multiple times each work day.
  • All door handles, desktops and common surfaces will be disinfected with antibacterial/antiviral cleaners at least four times daily.
  • All resilient floor surfaces will be cleaned with a sanitizing solution every evening.
  • Staff are encouraged to stay home if they feel they are becoming ill.
  • Staff will utilize Universal Precautions in the handling of all decedents.
SERVICE AND ARRANGEMENT OPTIONS TO MAXIMIZE SOCIAL DISTANCING
  • We offer Online and Telephone Arrangement Conferences and information gathering.
  • We will be limiting the number of people attending an in-person Arrangement Conference to immediate decision-makers only. Any other individuals whose input would be desired, but who are not immediate decision-makers may attend the conference remotely, either through a telephone conference call or via online means.
  • Staff members will greet and interact with families and visitors with compassion and professionalism, but will refrain from intimate interactions, including shaking hands and hugging.
  • Public visitations are suspended.
  • ALL funeral services will be PRIVATE. A maximum of ten persons may be present, including family, funeral home staff and clergy (as may be required by the religion of the deceased.)
  • We have the capability to live-stream services via Facebook Live.
HOW FAMILIES CAN ASSIST US IN HELPING THEM
  • Always have an appointment scheduled to visit the funeral home.  This will guarantee that we have a staff member available and dedicated to serving you without the need to possibly wait in a lounge/lobby until someone becomes available.
  • Be flexible in the type of funeral ceremony you desire, understanding that the majority of religious facilities in our region have closed their campuses. Our funeral home will still conduct services in-house using our Stateroom exclusively.
  • Consider social media sharing of the funeral service for friends and guests, with only the immediate family present at the funeral location.
  • Encourage friends to share condolences via our website.
  • Consider a Graveside Service or Immediate Burial to maximize Social Distancing.
  • Consider holding a Memorial Service for the deceased at a future date and once conditions have stabilized. 
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