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Funeral Service During COVID-19

According to the announcement from Governor Little and the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare, "funerals are permitted so long as they occur outside and comply with the Social Distancing Requirements (maintaining at least six-foot social distancing from other individuals, washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds a frequently as possible or suing hand sanitizer, covering coughs or sneezes [into the sleeve or elbow, not hands], regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces, and not shaking hands.)"

Funeral Service During COVID-19

Funeral Options During the Pandemic

At Buck-Murphy Funeral Home & Cremation Services we are committed to helping families honor their loved ones in meaningful ways, while ensuring the safety of family and friends. If you’re unable to hold a funeral for your loved one, or if attendance is limited to immediate family, you do have options that can be explored with your funeral director.

  1. Have a private viewing for only immediate family and/or close friends.
  2. Delay the funeral and hold it at a later date. Speak with your funeral director about your options regarding casket burial or cremation if you choose this option.
  3. Have a private viewing for only immediate family and/or close friends and have a memorial service at a later date.
  4. Ask your funeral director if they have the ability to webcast the funeral so others can view from home.

If you are able to have a funeral, even if it’s on a smaller scale, note that your funeral director will need to follow very specific guidance regarding the number of attendees and social distancing as required by the local, state and/or federal government. While it may be difficult to accept these limitations, know that your funeral director is working hard to ensure your safety, the safety of any guests and the safety of the funeral home staff while still providing family and friends with the opportunity to say goodbye. These guidelines may include:

Social Distancing

Social distancing guidelines apply, regardless of the setting or circumstances. As such, seating for a service will be adjusted accordingly so guests are a safe distance from each other. Also, keep in mind that guests will likely be hesitant to hug each other or the family of the deceased. While it’s often our natural instinct to offer condolences through physical interaction, it’s important to be respectful of guests’ decision if they choose not to do so. Remember, it’s for the safety of everyone in attendance.

Gathering Limits

There are limits for the number of people who may gather for an event, based on local, state and/or federal guidelines. In order to follow these guidelines, your funeral director may have to limit the number of guests who are in the funeral home at one time. Rest assured, he or she will work to ensure each guest has the opportunity to be in the funeral home to pay their respects; however, this will require patience on behalf of you guests. Speak with your funeral director about gathering limits in your community.


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