Funeral and memorial services are an integral part of the grieving process. When a loved one dies, it’s natural to want to honor that person’s life with a gathering of friends and family.
However, with COVID-19 still in effect, this pandemic has left many unable to do so.
The importance of having a funeral to honor the deceased and giving loved ones an opportunity to celebrate that life and begin to grieve is unquestioned. Here at Roupp Funeral Home, we are committed to providing you with the opportunity to say goodbye to your loved one and give other family members and friends the opportunity to do the same - even during these challenging times.
At this time, Roupp Funeral Home has been able to operate by taking extra precautions, but still welcoming family and friends for visitations and services.
First, we are closely monitoring and following all guidelines from the CDC, national and state funeral associations, and local and state emergency services. We are prepared to offer families the choice of webcasting the funeral for remote viewing by family and friends or holding a private service at the time of death followed by a public memorial service at a later date.
We have set in place new measures to help protect and accommodate the elderly, sick and members of the public. We will make every effort to accommodate families in making arrangements and conducting services in any capacity needed to ensure their safety and comfort while honoring their loved one.
List of precautions we are taking in our facility daily, before and after all services or meetings:
We use cleaning and disinfecting protocols to clean all arrangement rooms, offices, lounge, and restrooms before, during, and after each service; with particular attention paid to high touch items like the register book, knobs, faucets, chairs and other communal areas.
Our team is reminded about proper and frequent hand washing.
Additional hand sanitizer has been placed at the register book area, and any of our meeting/arrangement rooms.
In an effort to minimize direct contact, we ask that you consider avoiding shaking hands or physical contact with the members of the family or other guests.
Direct Eye Contact, Loving Words, and a Warm Smile can be as meaningful to the families as a traditional handshake or hug, especially during these difficult times.
Here at Roupp Funeral Home, we will continue to do all we can to help families understand the options they have for commemorating the life of a loved one in a manner that is safe for everyone involved.
Services should be held at the gravesite whenever possible; however, the nature of the disposition, such as cremation, may mean a service in the funeral home is more appropriate.
Social distancing guidelines apply, whether in the funeral home or graveside. Seating will be arranged to support current social distancing guidelines.
The families we serve are always our top priority. During confusing and concerning times such as the current COVID-19 event, we want to share our plans with you. We want to assure you that we are all in this together.
• Arrangements can be made remotely, either online or by teleconference.
• We are expanding our ability to webcast funeral services.
• We encourage the use of our online guestbooks for condolence messages to the family.
• We have placed reminders throughout our funeral homes to ask that physical contact, such as shaking hands or hugging, be limited with family members.
• Our large gathering spaces will be set up to allow social distancing.
• We continue, as always, to provide professional hand sanitizer stations throughout our facilities and have enacted extra cleaning in all public areas.
Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People:
This is the first set of public health recommendations for fully vaccinated people. This guidance will be updated and expanded based on the level of community spread of SARS-CoV-2, the proportion of the population that is fully vaccinated, and the rapidly evolving science on COVID-19 vaccines.
For the purposes of this guidance, people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 ≥2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or ≥2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen).
The following recommendations apply to non-healthcare settings:
Fully vaccinated people can:
• Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
• Visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
• Refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic
For now, fully vaccinated people should continue to:
• Take precautions in public like wearing a well-fitted mask and physical distancing
• Wear masks, practice physical distancing, and adhere to other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease or who have an unvaccinated household member who is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease
• Wear masks, maintain physical distance, and practice other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households • Avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings
• Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
• Follow guidance issued by individual employers
• Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations
Again, our family and staff are here to serve, protect and honor each family. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 570.966.2402