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Coronavirus Information

JULY 22, 2020 UPDATE

We continue to take the Coronavirus pandemic very seriously, with the health and safety of the families we serve and our staff being our highest priority. We remain open and able to serve our client families with compassion, dignity and professionalism as we have for the past 82 years. Please know that our staff of licensed funeral directors is available to answer your questions and respond to your needs 24 hours a day, everyday. We are able to handle all facets of burial or cremation arrangements remotely, through this website, by telephone, teleconference, or email. We are working hard to make these processes as simple as possible. We thank you for your patience and understanding. Should you experience problems making online arrangements, please telephone us directly at 941.748.1011. Thank you.
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.

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. 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
July 22, 2020

  • Administrative office hours are: 8 am - 4 pm weekdays, excluding holidays - By Appointment.
  • An appointment must be made in advance to meet with any staff member - administrative or funeral director - in-person at the funeral home.
  • We are able to handle all facets of an Arrangement Conference remotely and have the ability to offer several options for this:
    1. Through our website integration.
    2. By e-mail.
    3. By telephone.
    4. By video conference.
    5. We will try to use these methods as much as possible for the health and safety of those we service as well as our staff.
  • We will allow a maximum of 3 individuals to attend an in-person Information Gathering and Arrangement Conference.
  • All family members, guests, and staff members will wear masks at all times while inside the funeral home.
  • Proper social distancing will be required of all persons within the funeral home.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided to everyone entering and exiting the funeral home.
  • 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 conducted at our funeral home will be by invitation of the family and will be strictly limited to 20 persons
  • Burials will be accommodated at our local cemeteries. However, each cemetery has the right to issue its own policies regarding the number of individuals that may be present.
  • Always have an appointment scheduled to visit the funeral home to be sure that the proper staff member is present to see you.
  • We ask that if those who have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 to refrain from entering our facility for at least 14 days from their last personal contact.
  • Be flexible in the type of funeral ceremony you desire, understanding that current conditions have 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.
  • Staff members will wash their hands with antibacterial soap.
  • All door handles, desktops and common surfaces will be disinfected with antibacterial/antiviral cleaners during office hours as well as before and after services held in our facility.
  • All resilient floor surfaces will be cleaned with a sanitizing solution every evening.
  • All persons entering and exiting the funeral home will be provided with hand sanitizer.
  • Masks are to be worn by all persons, family members, guests, and funeral home staff when inside the building. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided to you.
  • Staff will utilize Universal Precautions in the handling of all decedents.
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