Update 6/15/20: Some of the information in this article has changed since the release of Virginia’s COVID social distancing guidelines continue to change. For the most up to date information on the Coronavirus guidelines, please visit Virginia.gov.
Even during difficult times, you and your family have options to suit your needs. Whether it is postponing a large service, or making special arrangements around social distancing guidelines – our mission here at Storke Funeral Home is to provide your family with excellent service and attention to detail.
Here are some answers to your most frequently asked questions about funeral services during COVID:
Will the services we planned be postponed?
Not necessarily. There are still ways to celebrate life within the current rules and safety parameters. Ultimately, it is up to you if you want to make new arrangements or postpone pre-planned services. Our first priority is the safety of our guests. We have taken precautions to ensure that you can still grieve without having to postpone all arrangements.
Are wakes permitted?
Yes, wakes are allowed with social distancing measures in place.
How many people can attend?
The number of people that can attend a service is not necessarily limited as long as social distancing guidelines are followed. Different areas of the building can be utilized if a party has more than 10 guests.
Can services be postponed?
Yes, services can be postponed if the family desires.
Can I have access to live video services?
Yes, your family can choose to live stream events or record services for later use. Many families are choosing this option so that they do not have to delay services and can still keep a small group on-site for a service.
Can my arrangements be made remotely?
Yes, arrangements can be made entirely from the comfort and safety of your home. Ideally, will need a computer or smart device as well as access to email.
Can I still schedule an in-person meeting?
Yes, you can call to schedule an appointment in our office. We have taken many measures to ensure that in-person meetings are safe and controlled.
Can I see my loved one for the last time?
Yes, we encourage you to say goodbye and will make accommodations to ensure that you can do so safely.
Are services for veterans impacted?
Families can still obtain military honors and service members on our staff are available to ensure that the rituals like folding and presenting the flag can be conducted.
What should I do next?
Schedule a consultation with a planning director at Storke Funeral Home to discuss all of your options. We can personalize your service to meet your specific needs. Call us at (804) 633-5661.