March 26, 2020 Response to COVID-19

Across time and culture there are common elements that people observe following a death.  One of those basic human needs is to draw together the community of support and to draw together those who we care most about.

You have the ability now to show your support and be there for the family during their gathering.  When you go to the obituary on our website and click to send a private message to the family.  We will print that message, attach it to a balloon and the family will be able to see and feel your support when they enter our chapel.  A powerful visual support for people when they need it most.

You are familiar with the expression in lieu of flowers, in lieu of your attendance, please, send a private message to the family through our website obituary and help us create, albeit it virtually, the community of support.  Please reach out to that family, you can still send flowers, you can still give a memorial.  Following the service, we will also be posting a recording on our website when appropriate.

With gatherings limited to 10 people it may seem impossible to draw together as a community and support those who we care most about.   These are some of our solutions.  As a nature lover we are not releasing the balloons in a balloon release.  I would like to thank fellow Selected Independent Funeral Homes member Andrea Orr from Milner & Orr Funeral Home in Paducah, Kentucky for sharing her solution to this dilemma.


March 17, 2020 Response to COVID-19

Grief is not limited or dictated by the State of Public Health Disaster Emergency currently in place in the State of Iowa.  Regardless of whether you have experienced a death, we are all experiencing grief right now.

We are following the prohibition of social, community, spiritual, religious, recreational, leisure and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people.  We will do our part to keep our staff, the families who call on us, and the public safe, and offer our help and guidance.

This means that services with the potential of 10 or more people will be postponed.  As of now, all services will be rescheduled following April 1 when we are able to re-access or as we receive more guidance from the Iowa Department of Public Health.  We understand the need to honor and celebrate the lives of our loved ones and our professional staff will continue to guide you through the process.

Those whose service has been postponed will remain in our care.  Their family can come and visit them by calling the funeral home ahead of time, but not in groups.  Our staff is available to meet your needs.  We ask that if you want to meet with us you may do so by appointment. (319) 233-6138

You can do your part to reach out and support a family in grief.  You can continue to help satisfy the basic human need to draw together our community of support, just on a smaller scale for now.  Reach out, call the family, help them remember that they are not going through this time alone.

This public health event has evolved with guidance and mandates changing rapidly.  We will continue to follow guidance put forth from the CDC, State of Iowa, Iowa Department of Public Health, and Black Hawk County Health Department with the intent of doing our part to keep everyone safe.

We will be here to help you through these unprecedented times. (319) 233-6138

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