Last updated: May 23, 2020
We are living in unusual times, but they will pass. Life will return to normal sooner or later. Meanwhile, we’ve all had to adjust and make small sacrifices for the welfare and safety of everyone.
The current pandemic has forced us at Billings Funeral Home to make some changes as well. They aren’t easy, but we know they are for the best.
Following the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, federal, state, and county governments, and the National Funeral Directors Association, we must adhere to these new, albeit temporary guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep everyone healthy and well.
First, we must limit all funeral arrangement meetings to as few members of one’s immediate family as possible, assuming we cannot utilize an online video conferencing tool. We’re sorry. We know many families would like to include more people when making arrangements.
Second, we must limit all viewings and services to approximately fifty or fewer people in our building at one time. Again, we’re sorry circumstances necessitate this rule. Our loved ones deserve to be honored by all of their family and friends, and their families need the comfort and support of everyone, but state guidelines prohibit gatherings larger than one-hundred people. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate quite that many while maintaining social distance.
Third, we encourage visitors to bring and wear a face mask, though we do not require them. We will provide hand sanitizer to all of our visitors.
Fourth, people sixty-five years and older as well as those with compromised health should consider staying home.
Fifth, infants and small children must remain under the direct supervision of their parents while attending services.
Sixth, everyone must stand or sit six feet apart. We know how challenging it is to avoid hugging family especially when they’re grieving, but please remember we keep our distance during this pandemic because we love one another.
Finally, our event center, The Gathering Place, is available for catered meals, but we cannot allow outside food or drinks during visitations and services. We’ll provide bottled water and coffee in our lounge as always.
If someone you love has died, we’re sorry. We’re even sorrier it had to come at this already-difficult, confusing time, but we are here to help you through it. Working together, our Michiana community will endure.
May God bless you and keep you safe.