FEMA Funeral Assistance Program
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.
COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Application Hotline
Monday – Friday 8:00am – 8:00pm CST
Current COVID-19 Regulations
Illinois and the City of Chicago both entered Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan Friday, June 11th. We are allowed to operate at full capacity. Families and guests do not have to wear masks in our facilities unless they are not vaccinated. At Smith-Corcoran, we are committed to serving our community safely and as such we will continue all COVID-19 cleaning and sanitizing procedures. We are 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 will also continue to provide complimentary live-streaming, recording of services, and virtual arrangements to help better serve our community.
Here is a great resource for families going through a loss during the coronavirus pandemic.
Precautions we are taking against COVID-19
We are continuing to take sanitation precautions to keep you and your loved ones safe. We provide the highest possible level of service to our families which includes protecting everyone’s health and safety while in our funeral homes.
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 for individuals who are not vaccinated
- Increased cleaning of our facilities
- 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 are now open, but we encourage people to bring individually wrapped items and no sharing plates
- Social distancing is still encouraged when possible
Please visit the CDC’s website for more information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
How we are using technology
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 using Zoom 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 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