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COVID-19

At Morris-Baker, we have observed a broad variety of comfort levels in regard to the Covid-19 virus. 

 

Serving your family begins with a discussion about your needs and concerns. We are committed to fulfilling each client family’s wishes and respecting their values and concerns.

 

Our discussion may involve practices that we have put in place to protect our staff.  As a funeral home operating during a Covid surge, our employees are exposed to health risks regularly, and it is vitally important that our staff remain healthy so we are ready to serve every family in need.

 

Call (423) 282-1521 to start your discussion with a funeral director.

Below, are four links to the latest information from the CDC and other organizations:

 

 

FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance 

 

Beginning April 12, 2021, FEMA will begin providing financial assistance for funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020 for deaths related to coronavirus (COVID-19) to help ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the pandemic. The program is explained in this video:

 

 

The application process for reimbursement of COVID-19 related funeral expenses must begin with the applicant calling FEMA’s toll-free number. That number, as well as the information they will need, is available by clicking the link below. 

 

Access FEMA Application Information

 

For the latest updates, we reccomend visiting FEMA's funeral assistance website by clicking the link below. 

 

Visit FEMA.gov

 

 

  

Our Current Procedures

Morris-Baker currently has the following procedures in place — many of which the CDC has suggested — to protect attendees:

  • At this time, all Morris-Baker staff wear masks during all indoor public events.
  • We ask that family and guests follow CDC guidelines and wear a mask at indoor events.
  • If the family of the deceased requests all guests wear masks, our staff will facilitate that request. 
  • Our arrangement offices each have their own HEPA filter units.
  • Services in our Dogwood Chapel may be webcast for those who cannot attend.
  • Services in local cemeteries may be webcast for those who cannot attend.
  • When you arrive for an event, a member of our staff will open the door for you.
  • Hand sanitizer is placed throughout our facility.
  • Online tribute pages offer an alternative to register book signatures.
  • Members of our staff will gladly sign a register book on your behalf.
  • Arrangement conferences can be conducted over the phone or using a meeting software.
  • Our chapels offer adjoining family rooms to allow social distancing.
  • We follow CDC guidelines to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily, including tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. 

Our family and staff are here to serve, protect and honor each family as we have been for over 100 years. Please contact us with any questions or concerns via our website, or call (423) 282-1521.

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National Cemeteries (as of May 21, 2021)

 

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) National Cemetery Administration (NCA) announced it would lift all restrictions on gathering sizes at committal and memorial services in VA national cemeteries starting on Wednesday, May 26, 2021.

 

The NCA has announced it adjusted its rules for visitors and staff members in accordance with the CDC’s new guidance, Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People. Fully vaccinated persons are no longer required to wear masks and physically distance themselves while at a national cemetery. 

 

Consistent with the new CDC guidance, NCA still requires persons who are not fully vaccinated to practice the safety procedures recommended by the CDC – such as wearing face coverings and maintaining physical distancing – while visiting a cemetery or attending a service.

 

 

Looking for More Information?

Morris-Baker will continue to monitor developments as they arise and will follow all new guidelines that are directed.

 

Our family and staff are here to serve, protect and honor each family as we have been for over 100 years. Please contact us with any questions or concerns via our website, or call (423) 282-1521.

 

Preston McKee
Owner, Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services

 

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