COVID-19

Updated July 8, 2020

Like everyone else we are moving forward cautiously regarding COVID-19, and are regularly reviewing best practices offered by the National Funeral Directors Association, Ohio Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control. The safety of you, your loved ones, and our staff is our overriding goal. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we all try to navigate these changes to the best of our ability.

Services

We have implemented the following rules for the protection of everyone:

  • Please limit gatherings to 10 or fewer individuals.
  • The risk of transmission is lower between people when outdoors. However, we still ask that you maintain six-feet of physical distance between attendees from outside your home while at graveside services, and that all attendees wear masks.
  • Stay home if you are sick, have COVID-19 symptoms, are COVID-19 positive or have been exposed to someone who is COVID-19 positive (or presumptively positive). We encourage and are happy to assist with recording and live-streaming services for those unable to attend, or who fall into a high-risk category. We also encourage you to consider holding memorial services at a later date when it is safe for everyone to attend.
  • Wash and/or sanitize hands after services. While we are allowing family members to serve as pallbearers, we do ask pallbearers to wear gloves for their added protection.
  • Shovels will be sanitized between uses. If you prefer to bring your own shovels, that is welcome.
  • Please note State of Ohio recommendations that travellers entering Ohio self-quarantine for 14 days before engaging with the public.

Burials

1. If someone dies of COVID-19, are extraordinary measures called for? Must they be cremated or embalmed?
No. At this time, the CDC is recommending that embalming, cremation, burial, and visitation are all appropriate at this time. (March 20, 2019) However, to prevent any droplets from being expired by the lungs when moving the body, it is recommended that the decedent wear a mask.

2. Is it safe to attend the funeral of someone who has died of COVID-19?
Yes.  According to the CDC:  “There is currently no known risk associated with being in the same room at a funeral or visitation service with the body of someone who died of COVID-19.” 

However, we are asking families to conform to the above safety-related requests for services performed here at Foxfield.

3. I plan to pass at home /  have a home funeral / help with a home death. What else should I know? 
This can be a complicated moment for those wishing to die, or assist in death or funeral outside of an institutional setting.  

According to the most recent guidance from the CDC:
“People should consider not touching the body of someone who has died of COVID-19…There may be less of a chance of the virus spreading from certain types of touching, such as holding the hand or hugging after the body has been prepared for viewing. Other activities, such as kissing, washing, and shrouding should be avoided before, during, and after the body has been prepared, if possible. If washing the body or shrouding are important religious or cultural practices, families are encouraged to work with their community and religious leaders and funeral home staff on how to reduce their exposure as much as possible. At a minimum, people conducting these activities should wear disposable gloves.” 

Sales & Meetings

Foxfield Preserve staff continue to conduct sales and answer questions via phone, email and video conference. We are now also available by appointment to meet in the open air of the Preserve to assist families in choosing plots. We hope to resume staff-led public tours when we are once again able to gather groups of people together. In the meantime, due to demand, we regret that we are unable to provide informational tours on an individual basis at this time.

Should you wish to come for a self-led tour, we invite you to come any day from dawn to dusk and enjoy the peace and beauty of the Preserve. You can find a trail map here and an aerial satellite image here. If you want to move forward with the purchase of a plot, you can begin that process by completing and returning one of our purchase forms.

Info Sessions

We have made the difficult decision to cancel our in-person Info Sessions through the end of 2020. If you would like to view a recording of a past Info Session, email us a request at foxfield@wildernesscenter.org and we will send you a link. We are also going to be offering virtual Info Session through the Zoom conference software, to allow for open discussions and Q&A sessions. You can find those dates and times here.

Of course, this may all change quickly as we continue to adapt to the situation and the most recent science. Please feel free to reach out if you have any other questions, or if we can be of any assistance, at 330-359-5235  or at foxfield@wildernesscenter.org.