FEMA has opened a new program for families who have suffered a loss due to COVID-19. If your family has been affected you can apply for assistance directly via FEMA up to $9,000. Here is a link to their site for details on the application process.
The City of Chicago and Cook County are now both in Phase 4 of Restore Illinois. This allows us to accommodate up to 50 people in our chapels for any one service, wake, visitation, or memorial at all of our locations.
We remain here to help walk with you and your family after losing a loved one. Our caring and compassionate staff will help you create a meaningful and personalized tribute. We can still provide families with visitations, memorials and services being mindful of the restrictions and COVID-19 protocols.
We also provide complimentary live-streaming and recording of services.
Here is a great resource for families going through a loss during the coronavirus pandemic.
Precautions we are taking against COVID-19
We are taking precautions to keep you and your loved ones safe. We can all do our part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing and good hygiene. We will still continue to provide the highest possible level of service to our families, but their health and safety and the safety of our staff is the most important.
We at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Homes are following the COVID-19 guidelines provided by the CDC, Illinois Department of Public Health, along with the City of Chicago and Cook County. We are also in close contact with our local churches and community centers and will work with them to provide the best service possible.
- Masks are required at all times within our facilities
- Increased cleaning of our facilities
- Stop handshaking and hugging – use other non-contact methods of greeting
- We provide multiple stations to clean your hands by either washing (for 20 seconds) or using hand sanitizer
- Please try to avoid touching your face and cover coughs and sneezes
- We have increased the regularity of disinfecting surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks, and handrails
- We have increased ventilation by opening windows, doors, and adjusting air conditioning
- Our lounges will be closed with the exception of single serve coffee and water bottles. Families are welcome to bring food but it must be set up outside
- Social distancing is required and easily visible by tape. We will also change the flow for visitations to help maintain social distancing
Please visit the CDC’s website for more information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
We will continue to adapt with the help of technology
During this difficult time you can still have funerals, burials, and cremations. But like almost everything else in our lives now things are different. Here are ways we are helping families to celebrate and grieve in these uncertain times:
For families who have lost a loved one or that are looking to make pre-arrangements we do offer the option of ONLINE ARRANGEMENTS with one of our compassionate funeral directors for your comfort and safety. We can also WEBCAST or RECORD any services via your loved one’s Smith-Corcoran obituary page, Zoom, or through Facebook Live so family and friends who are not able to attend can still be a part of the ceremonies.
During this difficult time we need to stick together. Funerals and memorials help bring us closer to provide comfort when we need it most. Even though you might not be able to pay your respects in person we encourage you to leave a message of condolence online or send families a card or flowers. Anything sent to our funeral home will be delivered to the family. Please follow this link to our obituary page.
We can now offer public visitations or services, however only 50 people at a time will be allowed to visit with their loved ones at our funeral homes. Many churches are starting to allow 50 or more people for funerals. Catholic cemeteries will now allow an unlimited number of people for graveside services as long as social distancing practices are followed. Indoor chapel services at catholic cemeteries will be limited to 25% of capacity.
We are also providing Hugs from Home – an online form that allows friends and family, who are unable to attend a service, the opportunity to write personal messages to the deceased’s family. You can write your own message here: https://www.smithcorcoran.com/resources/hugs-from-home/
Please reach out if you have any questions and stay safe and healthy.
The Smith Family
Jay, Kelly, and Bob