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March 18, 2020

Considering the present health concerns, we, at Hammill Funeral Home have been closely monitoring the situation with the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. Keeping the concern for the safety of the families we serve, our staff, and our community, we will be following the guidelines and precautions set forth by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), NYS Department of Health, NYS Funeral Directors Association (NYSFDA), and the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the restriction of large gatherings of 50 or more individuals and in some instances 10 or more individuals, including staff.
We understand the need for families to grieve, hold services, and for others to be able to support those that are grieving.
For families wishing to hold services for their loved ones, we will encourage private services with limited attendance and abiding by the social distancing that has been advised; (i.e. handshaking and hugging) and keeping reasonable distances from others. Local places of worship have advised our funeral home of their individual restrictions, limiting services to family only.
We here at Hammill Funeral Home will continue to keep out facilities clean and disinfected, to our standards and the codes set forth, as always for your safety and peace of mind.
Please know, these restrictions have been changing often, and will be adjusted as directed by the CDC, State and Local Authorities. Regular services will resume after the restrictions have been lifted.
It has deeply saddened us that we are all facing this challenging, trying time, but we remain here for our families and friends who need us during the most difficult of days.
If you have any questions or concerns please call us so we can discuss, in detail, the best and SAFEST service options for your family.
We wish everyone health, wellness, and safety.
Sending “air hugs” for now!

Respectfully,
Julia, Michael and the staff at Hammill Funeral Home

March 20, 2020

Update! Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced he is signing the "New York State on PAUSE" executive order, a 10-point policy to assure uniform safety for everyone which would have stopped any type of funeral services to the public. NYSFDA in conference with the Governor's office has changed services as follows.
They said immediate family only, should be limited to as few as possible, while maintaining social distancing.
We believe this will work the best depending on the size of the family and the funeral home’s layout.  NYS Cemetery Association has advised that family members may still be present at committals and graveside services after the Executive Order takes effect on Sunday at 8 pm. 
Praying everyone stays safe and healthy!

March 25, 2020

At the request of New York State Funeral Directors Association (NYSFDA), Gov. Andrew Cuomo has issued an exemption to “non-essential” events for funerals and visitations.

Under new guidelines, visitations may occur but with family only, and the least amount of people as possible.

Many funeral homes are following the CDC guidelines of allowing no more than 10 people, including staff, in the building during these visitations.

Funerals may occur but with the same provisions as above: immediate family only with the least amount of people present as possible.

Outdoor (graveside) services are encouraged, if able, but with the same provisions: immediate family only.

Burial or cremation is to occur as soon as possible. The bodies are not to be held to wait for restrictions to be lifted.

A prepared statement from the NYSFDA reads:

“Because of the members of the NYSFDA strongly supporting the need for a family to honor and grieve for their loved one at the time of loss is the reason this exemption was granted by Governor Cuomo. Other states are not allowing this to occur, much like what the first decision to not allow anyone to attend services; to that we are grateful. However, if families try to ‘push’ the limits on this – the exemption may be pulled and we, as funeral directors, will be forced to abide by the regulations set forth by Governor Cuomo.”