Although we hope the coronavirus (COVID-19) will have a limited impact on our country and our community, Blase-Strauser stands ready to assist all families. Our professional education and training has prepared us to safely deal with infectious agents, as well as diseases like the coronavirus.
We want our community to know that we will be ready to provide the same compassionate and professional service that we always have no matter the situation. In the meantime, we urge everyone to stay calm, make wise decisions, and know that we are ready to help at any time.
To best serve our community during this time of heightened caution our lobby will be closed to walk-in visitors unless you have called ahead to make an appointment.
As a Member of the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) and Nebraska Funeral Directors Association (NeFDA), we have been receiving regular updates through these associations from the CDC, Department of Health & Human Services, and other agencies about the evolution of COVID-19 in the United States and Nebraska. Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel is currently following the CDC guidelines and NeFDA for public gatherings.
Indoor Funeral services will be limited to 50% of the rated occupancy. Outdoor services are limited to 75% of rated occupancy. All gatherings are encouraged to maintain 6 feet of separation from those whom you do not share a roof with.
Funeral services will be limited to these guidelines. Visitations will be open to the public, but will be monitored to keep a safe number of guests in a space at one time. We urge attendees to follow recommended healthy habits such as social distancing, hand hygiene, covering cough and sneezes, etc.
As an extra layer of precaution for those we serve, as well as our staff, we ask people who are ill or who are part of an at-risk population (e.g., the elderly, immune-compromised, etc.) to stay home. We ask if you are wanting to just drop off a card that you mail that to the family or funeral home and if you are just wanting to watch the video or sign the guest book that you do so on our website and we will print those in the book for the family.
We are dedicated to helping families commemorate the life of their loved ones in a safe manner that is consistent with federal, state and local guidance. We serve a lot of the at-risk demographics to this virus and as we care deeply about them, we will be diligent to protect them. We are in uncharted territory and even though funerals will look different for the time being, we will be there for you and your family, but we all must do our part during this time.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.
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