Despite the impact of the current coronavirus crisis and the profound disruption it has caused to our daily lives, please know that COTTON FUNERAL SERVICE remains committed to helping families, relatives and friends say farewell to their loved ones as meaningfully as possible. To that end, this facility has taken the following steps to balance the needs of mourners and guests with the recommended precautions communicated to us by the CDC and the National Funeral Directors Association:
Facility Care • We routinely perform environmental cleaning/sanitizing throughout this facility, such as countertops, doorknobs, bathrooms, tabletops, chairs, pews, and all other frequently touched surfaces. • We provide disposable sanitizing wipes throughout our facility to clean surfaces before/after touching/using them. • We provide CDC-recommended hand sanitizers (≥60% alcohol content) throughout this facility if handwashing is not an option. • We provide disposable tissues throughout our facility so guests can cover sneezes and coughs, as well as a greater number of trash receptacles to immediately dispose of used tissues. • We discourage our staff from using other’s work tools, such as phones, desks, offices or other equipment, whenever possible. • We ask staff to follow social-distancing guidelines and to stay home if feeling sick.
How You Can Help Today • Foremost, if you have a fever, experience a persistent cough, and/or have difficulty breathing, then please do not attend today’s service and instead consult your physician. • Follow social-distancing guidelines: ~ Do not kiss, hug or shake hands with other attendees ~ Remain at least six feet from others at all times • Wash your hands frequently and/or use a provided hand sanitizer. • Sneeze or cough into a tissue and immediately toss the used tissue into a trash receptacle. (If you don’t have a tissue, then please sneeze or cough into the crook of your elbow instead of your hand.) We also ask that you please wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after disposing of your tissue. • During today’s visitation and/or service, please choose a seat that follows social-distancing guidelines. We have deliberately spaced our chairs/seating areas farther apart than normal and/or placed signs in fixed-seating spaces (pews, benches, etc.) to conform to the current recommended social-distancing guidelines. • Please know that while the CDC has said there is no COVID-19 risk posed by the body of someone who has died, it recommends not touching, kissing or having direct contact with the body of your loved one.
Keep the Faith Throughout history, human beings have still managed to conduct the rites, rituals and services necessary to honor and remember their beloved dead during challenging times. Therefore, despite the difficulties we now face, both personally and professionally, never doubt that, together, we will all get through this, for this too shall pass. Thank you for following the above guidelines today and, more importantly, for granting those most affected by this loss with the gift of your personal presence – one of the most important functions of a funeral service. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact a staff member for assistance.
Cotton Funeral Service
March 25, 2020
Cotton Funeral Service encourages all of our staff and guests to familiarize themselves with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) standard recommendations that include:
· Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
· Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough/sneeze. Discard the used tissue.
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Above all, let us remain good neighbors, remain calm and stay respectful of others, and participate fully in all recommended prevention efforts, which also include:
· Avoid large gatherings, where possible, and close contact with other members and guests
· If you have symptoms of illness, please stay at home, and inform your medical provider, who will, in turn give the proper medical guidance.
The new CDC guidance recommends that "for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 10 people or more throughout the United States."
For funerals taking place, they suggested limiting attendance to select family. They further advised that those who are ill and are at-risk (e.g., elderly, immune-compromised) should be encouraged to stay home. Funeral homes should also urge attendees to follow recommended healthy habits such as social distancing, hand hygiene, covering cough and sneezes, etc.
In addition, we have taken key steps within our offices, facilities, and within our vehicles to help support and protect our staff and families we serve.
Cotton Funeral Service would like to personally thank you for your continued support and patience as we navigate this dynamic situation, which is affecting all our lives in ways we never thought possible. Let’s work to protect and care for one another.
Cotton Funeral Service remains resilient and strong, and we‘re definitely in this together.
Cotton Funeral Service