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COVID-19

Updated July 9, 2021

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

There are no longer limitations on the number of people who can attend graveside services. We continue to strongly encourage that you maintain a distance of 6 feet from those who do not live in your home, and anyone who is unvaccinated is asked to please wear a mask.

Stay home if you have COVID-19 symptoms, are COVID-19 positive or have been exposed to someone who is COVID-19 positive (or presumptively positive). We are still happy to assist with recording and live-streaming services for those unable to attend.

Shovels are sanitized between uses, and we advise all attendees to wash and/or sanitize hands after services. If you prefer to bring your own shovels, that is welcome. Pallbearers may also wish to wear gloves for their comfort and protection.

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.” 

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.  

The most recent guidance from the CDC advises that if the deceased person had confirmed or suspected COVID-19, survivors should avoid kissing, washing, or shrouding the body before, during, and after the body has been prepared, if possible. People should consider not touching the body of someone who has died of COVID-19. 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 will resume staff-led public tours in the fall of 2021. 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

Due to the positive response we have received, we will continue to offer our virtual Info Sessions through the Zoom conference software, to allow for open discussions and Q&A sessions. You can find those dates and times here. We also offer a recording of our Info Session that can be viewed any time, at your convenience.

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.