As we follow the COVID-19 situation, there are daily changes. The Governor has issued an extension of the “Stay At Home Order” now through May 30th. As funeral professionals we will continue to be OPEN and here to serve our communities.
Here is a great resource for families going through a loss during the coronavirus pandemic.
How we are adapting 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.
Unfortunately we can no longer offer any public visitations or services as we continue to battle COVID-19. Only 10 immediate family members will be allowed to visit with their loved ones at our funeral homes. All services including cemetery services will be private. However, we encourage families to consider more public memorial and funeral services once the health environment is safe.
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/
Precautions we are taking
We can all do our part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing and obeying the “Stay At Home Order”. 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.
As we move through these uncertain times, we want you to know that we are taking precautions to keep you and your loved ones safe. The health and safety of our client families is always top priority.
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 always strive to provide the best service to our families and will continue that service during this time. We are also in close contact with our local churches and community centers and will work with them to provide the best services possible.
We are taking extra precautions as well. We have increased the cleaning of our facilities and have also provided additional hand-washing and hand sanitizing stations. We urge you to follow the CDC recommendations and stay at home if you are feeling sick and increase hand-washing for 20 seconds. Please visit the CDC’s website for more information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
- Stop handshaking – use other non-contact methods of greeting
- Clean hands at the door and schedule regular hand washing reminders by email
- Create habits and reminders to avoid touching their faces and cover coughs and sneezes
- Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks, and handrails regularly
- Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning
Please reach out if you have any questions.
The Smith Family
Jay, Kelly, and Bob