Coronavirus Notice | Bohlender Funeral Chapel

Coronavirus Notice

To Our Families

Informational Bulletin on Funerals and COVID-19

5/08/20 - Update on Funerals, Burials and Cremation

  • We continue to follow industry, State, County, and City guidelines regarding COVID-19 safety. We require that all funeral home visitors wear masks in our building.
  • Our doors are open, but we encourage you to call us first before stopping into the office as we are now more mobile than ever. We can answer most questions over the phone, set up virtual appointments using FaceTime or other platforms, and we can send most paperwork to you to sign electronically via DocuSign. We assure you, the convenience of these options does not in any way diminish the care and compassion we will offer you and your family should you be in need of our services, either for an At-Need or Pre-Need.

  • We are able to provide opportunities for up to 10 people to: participate in a private, invite-only viewing at our funeral home, or hold a funeral or memorial service in our non-denominational chapel.
  • Cemetery burials and private graveside services are still happening for less than 10 people with permission from cemetery staff.
  • We are thoroughly sanitizing all office and public space in our funeral home after the close of each day.
  • 3/30/20 - Update on Funerals, Burials and Cremation

    • As of today, Bohlender Funeral is following the latest CDC guidelines regarding burial and cremation. The guideline from March 23, states that "decedents with COVID-19 may be buried or cremated according to the family's preferences".
    • We are able to provide opportunities for up to 10 people to: participate in a private, invite-only viewing at our funeral home, or hold a funeral or memorial service in our non-denominational chapel. The CDC is recommending these guidelines stay in place through May 10, 2020.
    • Cemetery burials and private graveside services can still be held, for 10 participants or less.
    • We can now tape services and upload them to our website for family and friends to view following the service, from the comfort and safety of home. 
    • Our doors are open, but we encourage you to call us first before stopping into the office as we are now more mobile than ever. We can answer most questions over the phone, set up virtual appointments using FaceTime or other platforms, and we can send most paperwork to you to sign electronically via DocuSign. We assure you, the convenience of these options does not in any way diminish the care and compassion we will offer you and your family should you be in need of our services, either for an At-Need or Pre-Need.
    • We understand that it might be important to you to come in and talk with us personally but please call first to make an appointment so we can focus on your safety and monitor the number of people in our building at one time.
    • We are thoroughly sanitizing all office and public space in our funeral home after the close of each day.

    3/29/20 -  "Remembering A Life" Blog Posts

    We have found insightful information that we feel could help during these times. Below you will find a little exert and links to the articles in more detail.

    "NFDA is working with funeral professionals and grief experts to develop blog posts that will help families navigate the significant challenges of the pandemic. Link to these posts on your website, share them on your social media platforms or link to them in emails to families. Visit the Remembering A Life blog often as it is being updated regularly. Current blog posts include":

    Funerals In The Time Of Coronavirus: Thoughts For Families by Dr. Alan Wolfelt

    Loss in a Pandemic: Supporting Grievers by Dr. Sara Murphy

    How to Talk to Children About the Coronavirus Pandemic by Dr. Alan Wolfelt

    Loss in a Pandemic: Funeral Planning by Dr. Sara Murphy

    3/25/20 - "How can you grieve without a funeral? As coronavirus restrictions become more strict, families make heartbreaking choices." 

    We found this very informative article that we wanted to share with all of you. Click here to check it out

    "As restrictions against the coronavirus grow, funerals are getting delayed because of social distancing measures and families are left waiting to bury their dead."

    3/24/20 -

    **In the next few days, we hope to be able to offer, at no charge, webcasting services so family and friends unable to attend a service can view from home.

    Although the COVID-19 virus protocol has temporarily changed the way we are handling things at our funeral home, our family wants to assure you that:

    • At this time, the CDC still feels it is safe to conduct cremation, embalming depending on circumstances, burials and even private, family-only viewing. We are happy to talk to you about these options.
    • If potential attendance numbers at a public funeral or memorial service cannot be kept to a minimum, we absolutely will help you plan a wonderful tribute in the future.
    • Our doors are open, but we encourage you to call us first before stopping into the office as we are now more mobile than ever. We can answer most questions over the phone, set up virtual appointments using FaceTime or other platforms, and we can send most paperwork to you to sign electronically via DocuSign. We assure you, the convenience of these options does not in any way diminish the care and compassion we will offer you and your family should you be in need of our services, either for an At-Need or Pre-Need.
    • We understand that it might be important to you to come in and talk with us personally but please call first to make an appointment so we can focus on your safety and monitor the number of people in our building at one time.
    • We are thoroughly sanitizing all office and public space in our funeral home after the close of each day.
    • Four hand sanitizing stations have been installed throughout our building thanks to the quick work of our friends at Cintas.

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