Morris-Baker understands that, in the fast-changing world of the current COVID-19 pandemic, members of our community will experience loss and may not be aware of current CDC guidelines regarding funerals. Morris-Baker will keep this page updated with the most current information available to us.


Read the CDC's Funeral Guidance



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:

  • 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.
  • To meet CDC guidelines for group size, services will be staggered throughout the day and facility.
  • 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. During scheduled events, common touchpoints are cleaned regularly with EPA-approved cleaner.

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National cemeteries (as of June 9, 2020)


VA Cemeteries


All Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) national cemeteries remain open and continue to provide interment for Veterans and eligible individuals during this health crisis. Committal services have resumed. Families whose interments were scheduled on or after June 9 will be offered the option of a committal service at the time of interment. 


VA national cemeteries will contact families who were unable to hold a committal service due to the COVID-19 pandemic to arrange memorial services for their loved ones.


The National Cemetery Administration has implemented a robust set of measures that will allow us to conduct committal and memorial services while protecting the health and safety of veterans, their families and our team members who serve them. VA national cemeteries continue to adhere to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus.


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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