News Release: COVID-19

By: William Spence
Monday, March 16, 2020

William P. Spence Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc., Is Prepared to Safely Care for Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic

William P. Spence Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc., remains committed and prepared to safely care for the families it serves during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Whenever possible, Spence Funeral Services will continue to enable families to participate in the rituals that are most important to them.

As member of the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association (PFDA), Spence Funeral Services regularly receives information via PFDA from the CDC, Department of Health and Human Services and other agencies about the evolution of COVID-19 in the United States. PFDA and the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) continues to lead the conversation with federal officials about the role of funeral service as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic.

And according to the CDC, at this time, there is no known risk associated with being in the same room at a funeral or visitation service with the body of someone who died of confirmed or suspected COVID-19. Depending on a family’s preferences, their loved one can be safely embalmed. Families may choose either burial or cremation as usual.

At Spence Funeral Services, we recognize our responsibility to protect the health of those we are privileged to serve. We will continue to guide families, as we always have, in ways they can meaningfully and safely celebrate the life of their loved one, while adhering to the guidance issued by federal, state and local public health officials.

Our staff remains vigilant about cleaning our facilities and ensuring we’re all following recommended healthy habits, such as staying home when sick, washing our hands, and covering coughs and sneezes. The CDC and our local public health officials have offered helpful guidance for businesses on this topic, which we continue to follow.

We will work with families to arrange and conduct services that meet individual needs and circumstances while keeping everyone’s health and safety a priority. This can be achieved by delaying public services, limiting numbers of participants, webcasting services, and making arrangements online and telephone.    

If the staff of Spence Funeral Services can be of assistance, please contact us.

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