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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 with policies and procedures in place to mitigate the transference of Covid-19.  We remain committed and prepared to safely care for the families we serve during the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. However, Governor Rick DeSantis has issued a Stay-at-Home order effective April 3, 2020 and effective for 30 days and this order has a direct impact on funeral rituals and gatherings.

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 and policies 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.

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 April 2, 2020

  • Administrative office hours are revised to 9 am - 1 pm weekdays, excluding holidays - By Appointment Only.
  • Remaining administrative staff and Licensed Funeral Directors will work remotely as much as possible.
  • One administrative staff member will be at the funeral home during the time posted above to answer your calls and to assist in at-need service.
  • Our team of Licensed Funeral Directors will work remotely as much as possible. An appointment must be made in advance to meet with a funeral director in-person at the funeral home.
  • We are able to process all administrative facets of a funeral service, whether burial or cremation remotely. We will try to use this method as much as possible for the health and safety of those we service as well as our staff.
  • 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.
  • Families will be requested to order death certificates directly through the Manatee County Office of Vital Statistics when possible.
  • We will allow a maximum of 3 individuals to be in our facility at one time for an in-person Information Gathering and Arrangement Conference.
  • We offer, and strongly encourage, the use of Online and Telephone methods for Information Gathering and Arrangement Conferences.
  • We will be limiting the number of people attending an in-person Information Gathering and Arrangement Conference to three persons.
  • 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.
  • All services will be PRIVATE. Burials will be accommodated at our local cemeteries with a maximum of 10 people present including cemetery and funeral staff. 
  • We will follow Governor DeSantis's Stay-at-Home order as appropriate.
  • Always have an appointment scheduled to visit the funeral home to be sure that the proper staff member is present to see you.
  • Be flexible in the type of funeral ceremony you desire, understanding that Governor DeSantis's current Stay-at-Home order has a direct impact on what we can offer our client families at the present time.
  • Encourage friends to share condolences via our website.
  • Consider holding a Memorial Service for the deceased at a future date and once conditions have stabilized. 
  • 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 every two hours during office hours.
  • All resilient floor surfaces will be cleaned with a sanitizing solution every evening.
  • Staff will utilize Universal Precautions in the handling of all decedents.
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