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Carnes Funeral Home Is Able, Ready and Prepared to Safely Care For Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Carnes Funeral Home and our team members remain committed, prepared and trained to safely care for the families we have the honor of serving  during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Whenever possible, Carnes Funeral Home will continue to enable families to participate in the rituals and Celebration of Life Services 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.

At Carnes Funeral Home, 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.

Our staff remains vigilant about cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing our facilities and equipment, ensuring we’re all following recommended healthy habits, such as staying home when sick, washing our hands, and covering coughs and sneezes. The CDC and our state and local public health officials have offered a lot of helpful guidance for businesses on this topic, which we continue to stay on top of and follow.

The health, wellbeing and safety of your family, our communities and our team members are our highest priority.  To ensure the wellbeing and safety of all as we serve during this time of crisis and ensure we are offering as many options and means for a family to honor and commemorate the life of their loved one as possible, Carnes Funeral Home is taking the additional following actions:

*Following and implementing State, National and CDC COVID-19 guidelines and recommendations

*As always, adhering to the highest standards of sanitation, disinfection and cleanliness

*Ensuring and offering sanitized, disinfected and clean facilities for arrangements and services

*When requested or needed, assist and guide our families through our online and telephone arrangements

*Provide webcasting or digital recording of private funerals at no additional cost to the family

*Use of digital technology and processes to securely obtain necessary documents and signatures

*Ability to post digital tributes, condolences and light virtual candles of remembrance on our websites obituary pages

*Assist families that currently choose to hold private services followed by burial or cremation with a future memorial service at minimal to no cost, depending on where the family chooses to hold the memorial service.

A member of the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), Carnes Funeral Home 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 and funeral homes as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic.  If the team of Carnes Funeral Home can be of assistance in any way, please contact us at  409-986-9900, 713-943-2500 or email us at info@carnesfuneralhome.com.

Respectfully,

 Tim Baker 
Executive Director
PH:  409-986-9900
Email:  tim.baker@carnesfuneralhome.com