Losing a Family Member During the Time of COVID-19

Losing a Family Member During the Time of COVID-19

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Losing a loved one is devastating at any time.  And making arrangements for death during this uncertain time of COVID-19 may be especially difficult for families.  We want you to know that we are here for you, and will walk you through the process.

Many people in the community have asked if, as an essential service, is Sierra Foothills open.

We are open weekdays from 9:00am to 5:00pm, as always, and are available 24/7 by telephone.  While it’s most common for families to make arrangements in person, we can absolutely make most, if not all arrangements over the phone and through email if you prefer to not leave your home.

If you are in need of information, want to make arrangements for a loved one, or even want to discuss a pre-need arrangement for years in the future, we are here for you.  That said, please do not come to the funeral home in person if you have been feeling ill or have a fever.

People have also asked if funerals are being held at this time.

Per CDC guidelines that limit gatherings, any visitation or funeral must be private, and limited to immediate family as of March 15, 2020. 

That said, Sierra Foothills is able to offer virtual visitation by Webcast, using Zoom for friends and family members.

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Cremation services are unchanged, and we will offer use of our facility for memorials or celebrations of life at a later date.

*Burial guidelines may vary by cemetery.  At this time, VA cemeteries, while still allowing burials, have discontinued military honor ceremonies.  Groups like American Legion and VFW have discontinued any and all ceremonies at this time, to keep their members safe.

Other questions that the community has asked include our sanitation processes.  Sierra Foothills is a ‘low visitor’ business, and we sanitize door knobs, common areas, bathrooms, light fixtures, etc., after each visitor.

Some people are concerned about transmission of COVID-19 after a person has passed away due to complications from the virus. 

According to the CDC, the virus is spread through respiratory exhalation, which means that a deceased person will not transmit the virus.  That said, we are using the same protocols as always, while also wearing masks when we care for your loved one, and we encourage family members to not hug or kiss the deceased (again, this is a CDC protocol).

Yes, this is one of the most challenging times that our generation has seen.  And yes, the road ahead is unclear.   However, one thing that you can count on is Sierra Foothills’ unwavering dedication to caring for your loved one, and providing professional, compassionate service to you and your family in this time of need. Thank you for thinking of us, and God bless.


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