Covid-19 Precautions for Funerals

March 17, 2020

The health and wellbeing of the client families and community we serve, as well as our caring team at Macqueen’s Funerals, is our highest priority. We also need to be very aware of the contact we have with others and how that may affect extended family and friends, particularly the elderly.

We are monitoring the situation daily through the Australian Funeral Directors Association (AFDA), the Health Department and WorldHealth.org (WHO) and have implemented safeguards based on their directions, as they have come to hand.

At this stage, while funerals are going ahead we ask that families consider ways to reduce possible exposure and spread of this virus. We will also discuss options with our client families with perhaps consideration to hold smaller gatherings until such time as a larger memorial can take place. Public gatherings have been identified as a risk and funerals are no exception.

Most importantly we must ask that anyone who is experiencing flu-like symptoms or who have recently returned from travel, especially from hot-spot countries (e.g: China, Japan, South Korea, Iran, Italy & Spain) consider not attending funerals during this uncertain period.

We understand that this is especially difficult at a time of grief, where a hug, kiss and handshake are ways in which we show our feelings but we do know that COVID-19 spreads through close contact with an infected person, mostly face-to-face.

Please keep safe and minimise your risk of exposure.