St Johns Family Funeral Home
& Crematory Is Prepared to Safely Care For Families During the COVID-19
Johns Family Funeral Home & Crematoryremains committed and prepared to safely care for the families it
serves during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Whenever possible, St Johns Family Funeral Home & Crematory
will continue to enable families to participate in the rituals that are most
important to them.
And according to the CDC, at this time, there is no known
risk associated with being in the same room at a funeral or visitation service
with the body of someone who died of confirmed or suspected COVID-19; however,
federal, state and local public health guidance may impact the size of
gathering a family is able to plan. Depending on a family’s preferences, their
loved one can be safely embalmed. Families may choose either burial or
cremation as usual.
Owners George Kotrady and Randy Hudgins are doing all they
can to ensure St Johns Family Funeral Home & Crematory will serve the families in our community to the
utmost ability. “We understand that the primary purpose of funeral service in
general, and our responsibility to our community, is to protect the health of
those we are privileged to serve” said Hudgins. “We will continue to guide
families, as we always have, in ways they can meaningfully commemorate the life
of their loved one, while adhering to the guidance issued by federal, state and
local public health officials.”
Kotrady added: “Our wonderful staff continues to go above
and beyond to make sure our facilities are clean and that we’re all following
recommended healthy habits, such as staying home when sick, washing our hands,
and covering coughs and sneezes. The Covid-19 environment is constantly changing
and we are in continuous communication with the CDC, NFDA and our state and
local public health officials who have offered regularly updated guidance,
which we continue to follow. We are committed to serving your needs responsibly
and we will do our best to serve your family and honor your loved one with
compassion, dignity and respect, while prioritizing the wellbeing and health of
those in our community, of which we are so grateful to serve.”
One of the ways St
Johns Family Funeral Home & Crematory is now enabling families to
participate is through offering to live stream all services at no additional
cost. This will allow friends and family members to view their loved one’s
services while maintaining their safety by not gathering in a group as
recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Government task
force on the COVID-19 pandemic. For those families who prefer not to
have the services live-streamed, we also offer to record the service at no
additional charge and a copy of the recording as well as uploading onto or
website if desired.
St Johns is also
offering the opportunity to make your loved one’s arrangements online. You will
find the required forms online or they will be emailed to you at your request.
Our commitment level for personal service also extends to one of our funeral
directors coming to your home to make arrangements should online completion not
A member of the National Funeral Directors Association
(NFDA), St Johns Family Funeral Home
& Crematory regularly receives information via NFDA from the CDC,
Department of Health and Human Services and other agencies about the evolution
of COVID-19 in the United States. NFDA continues to lead the conversation with
federal officials about the role of funeral service as it relates to the
If the staff of St
Johns Family Funeral Home & Crematory can be of assistance, please contact
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