We will continue to serve while taking the necessary precautions to keep our families, the community and ourselves safe.
At Pinkel Home, we continue to monitor the evolving COVID - 19 situation. We are gathering information as it becomes available from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and state and local health agencies, as well as the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) and the New Jersey Funeral Directors Association (NJSFDA).
Our goal is to keep the families and community we serve safe as we navigate this challenging time. Here is what we are doing to minimize risk:
- When caring for decedents, we are following safety guidelines and precautions as suggested by the CDC and NFDA.
- We are giving our families the option to make arrangements via phone and share information via email.
- We are providing hand sanitizer at different locations throughout the funeral home and frequently cleaning surfaces and areas used by the public.
- We are suggesting no contact during visitations and services and will coordinate with families to limit the amount of people at the funeral home for the safety of everyone. Social distancing should be followed.
- We encourage everyone to be mindful of those around you and if you have any symptoms please do not attend a visitation or service. Find an alternative way to make contact with the family by contacting them by phone, email, sending a card, leaving an online condolence, etc.
- We respectfully ask all individuals entering our facilities to wear a face covering at all times. The face covering should fully cover your nose and mouth.
We ask that those at risk or those not feeling well stay home. If you are attending services, please follow the CDC recommendations. Click here for more information
As funeral directors, we are uniquely prepared to respond to this new threat. We pride ourselves on having the most up-to-date information and technology to respond to these changes and are always prepared for any natural disasters or disease situations as they arise.
We recognize our responsibility to protect the health of those we are privileged to serve. 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. Whenever possible, we will continue to enable families to participate in the rituals that are most important to them.
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.
Our team meets daily to assess the immediate situation and evaluate all updates from the Centers for Disease Control. We are also members of the National Funeral Directors Association, and we follow all their best practices so we may serve our communities with the most professionally trained staff possible.
We will continue to be available to you and our community 24 hours a day. As we serve our families, we will be taking every possible precaution and continue to provide excellent care. Your health, and the health and safety of our team members, is of utmost importance to us as we try to mitigate the effects of this pandemic and limit the amount of disruption to what we know is already an extremely difficult time for families.
While there is still much to learn about this virus, our team members are well trained and prepared to deliver our professional services during your family’s time of need.