We at Putnam work hard to empower our community with information and help build a positive and meaningful foundation for grief. With the advent of the Coronavirus – COVID-19 – people are starting to change how they interact with each other. This has implications for how families handle arrangements with funeral homes and their choices for viewing and services.
As funeral directors, we are always on the front lines. We are experienced working with families and deceased who have been exposed to a variety of pathogens, and we are vigilant in protecting our staff and our families. With this novel virus, rest assured that we are implementing additional disinfection and containment procedures that go beyond standard infection prevention and control precautions when taking your loved one into our care and that we are including the use of additional personal protective equipment (above and beyond what is required) when embalming. As a standard practice, we thoroughly clean and disinfect our facilities on a regular basis and before and after visitations, services, and when working with families of a deceased with a known pathogen. We have increased our disinfection procedures to include day-to-day foot traffic.
When it is time to make funeral or cremation arrangements, we are stocked with hand sanitizer and hand washing stations for our families that choose to meet with us face-to-face. We can also utilize Docusign to facilitate remote arrangements.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that a loved one who died of COVID-19 may be buried or cremated according to the family’s preferences. The CDC also reports that “ a funeral or visitation service can be held for a person who has died of COVID-19,” and that “there is currently no known risk associated with being in the same room at a funeral or visitation service with the body of someone who died of COVID-10.” However, the CDC urges people to not touch the body of someone who has died of COVID-19 and to continue to wash your hands and cover coughs and sneezes. We are prepared to discuss alternatives, such as webcasting or moving a service to a later date, with our concerned families.
With on-site refrigeration and the only crematory in the Highland Lakes area, your loved one stays at Putnam, nor do we cremate for other funeral homes or cremation services, thus potentially helping to reduce the spread of this virus within our community and state. Putnam cares, and we go above and beyond to maintain your peace of mind. Please do not hesitate to call, email, or visit the following web sites for more information: