Coronavirus Information (COVID-19) & Guidance
MAY 22, 2020
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY AND UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
At Rosehill Crematory and Rosedale and Rosehill Cemeteries, we continue to work to support and comply with all State mandated measures to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). As well, and as an added set of precautions, we have expanded these guidelines to better protect our visiting public and Cemetery Staff.
To those who choose to visit during the times we are open and to those funeral directors and family who attend daily funerals, we genuinely and respectfully ask that anyone who has been exposed to COVID-19 cases who are themselves experiencing COVID-19 symptoms refrain from coming to our Crematory or Cemeteries - like all businesses who find themselves at the heart of this pandemic, our daily objective is to stay healthy and functioning to serve the needs of our customers and community.
- Funeral Directors will be required to schedule ALL drop-offs. Please notify us of changes or cancellations to existing appointments at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled date. Funeral Directors without an appointment will be refused service.
- Starting Sunday, May 31st and for all subsequent Sundays, The Rosehill Columbarium ONLY will be open for visitation from 12:00 p. - 4:00 p.. No more than 10 people may occupy the building at a time, face coverings must be worn and safe social distancing practices must be observed. Cemetery personnel will be present to manage and control access and visitor compliance with occupancy.
- Only one funeral director will be allowed in the Crematory and office at a time - access will be through our rear entrance door.
- Witnessing of cremations will be limited to funeral directors only.
- Transferring of human remains from rental caskets for cremation will not be permitted.
- All human remains for cremation must be in leak-proof totally enclosed containers.
- All necessary paperwork must be complete and presented at the time of drop-off. Crematory Personnel will deny service if necessary documents are missing or incomplete.
- Shipping of Cremated Remains via USPS Priority Express Mail has been suspended.
- Medical School cadavers for cremation will not be accepted.
ROSEDALE & ROSEHILL CEMETERIES
With an overwhelming and unprecedented number of funerals associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the daily focus of all Rosedale & Rosehill staff has been committed to handling as many funerals, burials and entombments as possible. This is in direct support and response to the current need in our State and in compliance with a directive from our Governor. With that said, there is a considerable backlog of grave space and general property maintenance that needs to be done. At this time, we ask that visitors and lot owners refrain from contacting us for any maintenance requests and work that relates to the overall condition of grave spaces - we are aware of the conditions that exist and will be attending to this work in the coming weeks and months.
- Cemetery, Office & Mausoleum Hours:
- Cemetery Offices are open to Funeral Directors Only
- Cemeteries and Mausoleums are closed Monday thru Saturday
- Cemeteries will be open for visitation Sundays and Holidays 8:30 a. - 6:00 p.
- Starting Sunday, May 31st, and for all subsequent Sundays, Rosedale Mausoleums will be open from 10:00 a. - 4:00 p.. When mausoleums are open, no more than 10 people may occupy the building at a time, face coverings must be worn and safe social distancing practices must be observed. Cemetery personnel will be present to manage and control access and visitor compliance with occupancy.
- All interment and entombment orders will be taken and scheduled based on daily availability. This includes both pre-need and at-need funeral arrangements. Funeral Directors are asked to call and confirm availability before committing to a specific day and time with their families.
- Starting Tuesday May 26th, funerals may have no more than 10 people in attendance.
- This 10 person count INCLUDES all funeral home staff and clergy.
- Funeral directors will be held accountable for managing the number of attendees along with controlling the proximity of all attendees to Cemetery personnel.
- Face coverings must be worn at all times and safe social distancing practices observed.
- Funerals that arrive with more than 10 people or funerals with attendees who do not observe safe social distancing practices will be denied service.
- Only Cemetery personnel will handle and carry caskets – no family pallbearers will be permitted.
- When funeral processions are led out to their grave or crypt, ALL attendees are to remain in their cars while the casket is carried to the grave or crypt and placed on the lowering device or in the crypt.
- For interments, caskets will be immediately lowered to ground level.
- After all Cemetery Personnel have departed, attendees may then be led by their Funeral Director to the grave for a no more than 20 minute Committal service.
- For entombments, caskets will be prepared and brought to their location and placed in the crypt.
- Cemetery personnel will "step aside" and allow for a no more than 20 minute Committal service; attendees will then depart and Cemetery Personnel will close and seal the crypt.
- Chapels will not be available for use with either entombments or interments.
- Chairs will not be provided for either interments or entombments.
- Flowers will NOT be handled and carried by Cemetery personnel.
- Monument dealer activity (i.e. setting of memorials, office interaction with setting passes) has been suspended.