Like most small businesses in the country, we’re actively discussing and taking precautions for COVID-19 a.k.a. the Coronavirus. Your wellbeing is always a top consideration at Cremation Society of New Hampshire, so we thought it was a good idea to share where we are on the Coronavirus and cremation subject today, including information from the National Funeral Directors Association and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
We have already encountered the first families who have chosen to modify services due to the outbreak. We are working closely with families to determine what’s most appropriate considering their particular circumstances. The CDC recommends no public gatherings of 50+ people for the next eight weeks, so we encourage small, private or immediate-family-only services for the time being.
We have the ability to live-stream services from the location at 243 Hanover Street in Manchester, NH. This allows families to host a smaller in-person gathering and have extended family, friends and colleagues participate while also following the current guidelines for “social distancing.”
The live-streaming service is an option for those with family members and friends who want to take part in a service, but do not feel comfortable traveling far distances or even leaving their homes while the coronavirus affects the country. For at least the next 60 days, the live-streaming services will be free of charge.
Can someone who dies with the virus be cremated?
Yes, someone who dies carrying the Coronavirus can still be cremated as per the family’s wishes, but the CDC does recommend cremation prodivers check “for any additional state and local requirements that may dictate the handling and disposition of the remains of individuals who have died of certain infectious diseases.”
Precautions being taken at Cremation Society of New Hampshire
While we are not on the front lines like health care workers, we must be able to maintain adequate staffing levels so we can continue to care for the deceased. To help prevent infection with Coronavirus and other illnesses, our staff has been educated and is taking the recommended precautions including:
- Washing hands often for 20 seconds with soap and water. If unavailable, using alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Covering mouth and nose with a sleeve or tissue during a sneeze or cough.
- Avoiding close contact (touching or shaking hands).
- Avoiding touching mouth, nose, and eyes with unwashed hands.
- Staying home when sick.
- Getting adequate sleep and eating well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
With things evolving daily, we are trying to stay on top of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Our dedicated team and the families we serve are our top priorities. We are currently monitoring the situation and working on developing additional policies as the situation evolves. Our team is ready to go over our precautions with you and answer any questions you have. Please reach out with any questions related to the Coronavirus and our response.