Shortly after announcing the new cases of COVID-19, Missouri Governor Mike Parson, St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, and St. Louis County Executive Sam Page, and further restricted public gatherings of more than 10 people. Archway Memorial Chapel is keeping apprised of the current situation and is following all requirements and guidelines of health and government officials. Services will be private for the limited immediate family with the option of live streaming due to the current COVID-19 gathering restrictions. This decision has come after much consideration and consultation with multiple agencies. This isn't something that we want to do, but feel is absolutely necessary to follow these guidelines.
We are proactively instituting the following policy:
- For the family, as always, call us. As funeral professionals, we remain prepared to serve. It is important to know, we are still able to care for your loved one as usual, including the preparation of your loved one for viewing. As far as making arrangements, we will meet with you in any way that you are comfortable, whether it is limited-in-person, via email, video conferencing or telephone.
- We are still here to help you. Please know that you can still memorialize your loved one. We will work with you to find an option that meets the needs of your family, although it may look different than “normal.”
- Effective March 21, 2020 we will not be able to offer any public visitations or services until the restriction guidelines from the Center for Disease Control are updated. We will only have private services for limited immediate family only. We will be able to live stream the service to our website and through our Facebook page at the agreement of the family. - We will not be accepting floral deliveries at the funeral home. However, they may be sent directly to the family upon their approval.
Please understand that this decision is not an easy decision to make as we understand that the grieving process is very personal and very hard. We encourage the community members to reach out to the family via phone calls, emails, social media, etc. and support them in that manner.
- If you are part of the limited immediate family that will be attending a service by limited invitation, please adhere to the following suggestions to protect all involved: - Please practice social distancing of staying 6 feet or more away from another individual at all times.
- If you are sick or not feeling well, have a persistent cough or sneeze, a fever, other health issues, or recent travel out of the state, please do not attend. While this is good advice always, it is especially important during this time of heightened concern.
- Those over 70 years of age are at a greater risk. You can send your condolences in the mail or through our website (if you have that capability) and we will forward it to them. The family will understand.
- If, while at a funeral, you feel a cough or sneeze coming on, be sure to cover your nose and mouth, if possible, move away from other people and be sure to wash and sanitize your hands right away. - Avoid, hugging, kissing, and shaking hands. While we know this is difficult to do at a service, everyone will understand.
We thank you for your understanding and cooperation. We will remain diligent in doing our part to stop the spread of this virus.
Kenneth G. McGhee and the Staff Members of Archway Memorial Chapel