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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. We 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. Cemetery restrictions apply!

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.”


COVID-19 Mental Health Resources

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the New York State Office of Mental Health established a mental health support line for anyone struggling with stress, depression, and anxiety that they may be experiencing due to COVID-19. Anyone can call, it is free and confidential and they can provide referrals to wide service network if needed. Click the images below for more information.

The website has more resources: https://omh.ny.gov/omhweb/covid-19-resources.html

Plus, for families with small children there's a toolkit, created in partnership with Sesame Street, available: https://sesamestreetincommunities.org/topics/grief/

 On April 6, Governor Cuomo announced that the State partnered with Headspace to offer free meditation and mindfulness content for all New Yorkers. The variety of meditation, sleep, and movement exercises are designed to support you through stressful and challenging times. 


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 their 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, Patti and Jonathan