During the COVID 19 Pandemic, Phillips-Upshaw Richard Funeral Home is committed to helping families honor their loved ones in meaningful ways, while ensuring the safety of family and friends.
We strongly suggest that you explore you many creative options with your Funeral Director.
Here are Few Suggestions:
Have a private service with a public memorial at a later date.
Speak with our Funeral Director about your options regarding casket burial or cremation if you choose this option.
Stream, the funeral so others can view from home.
Share memorials on the Funeral Home Website
As the Phillips-Upshaw Richard team assists you in planning your services, even if it’s on a smaller scale, note that our team must follow very specific guidelines regarding the number of attendees and social distancing as required by the local, state and/or federal government.
While it may be difficult to accept these limitations, know that the Phillips-Upshaw Richard Team is working hard to ensure your safety, the safety of any guests and the safety of the funeral home staff while still providing family and friends with the opportunity to say goodbye.
These guidelines include:
Wearing Masks/Social Distancing
All attendees are required to wear masks during the planning meetings and at all of the Services. Social distancing guidelines apply, regardless of the setting or circumstances. You will be requested to provide a primary list of stationary attendees for your services. As such, seating for a service will be adjusted accordingly so guests are a safe distance from each other. Also, keep in mind that guests will likely be hesitant to hug each other or the family of the deceased. While it’s often our natural instinct to offer condolences through physical interaction, it’s important to be respectful of guests’ decision if they choose not to do so. Remember, it’s for the safety of everyone in attendance.
There are limits for the number of people who may gather for an event, based on local, state and/or federal guidelines. In an effort to follow these guidelines, your Funeral Director may have to limit the number of guests who are in the funeral home at one time. Rest assured, we will work to ensure each guest has the opportunity to be in the funeral home to pay their respects; however, this will require patience on behalf of you guests. Speak with your Funeral Director about gathering limits.
Talk to your Funeral Director about the return of personal effects that may have been on your loved one at the time of death. Depending on the circumstances, they may need to be disinfected before being returned to you.