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Minnesota Funeral Homes are Prepared to Safely Care for Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Minnesota Funeral Homes remain committed and prepared to safely care for the families they serve during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Whenever possible, they will continue to enable families to participate in the rituals that are most important to them as well as following appropriate guidelines.

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; however, federal, state and local public health guidance has limited the size of gathering a family is able to plan. Depending on a family’s preferences, their loved one can be safely embalmed. Families may choose either burial or cremation as usual.

“In Minnesota we recognize our responsibility to protect the health of those we are privileged to serve,” said Chris Jacobson, funeral director and president of the Minnesota Funeral Directors Association (MFDA).  “We will continue to guide families, as we always have, in ways they can meaningfully commemorate the life of their loved one, while adhering to the guidance issued by federal, state and local public health officials.”

Jacobson continued, “Our members remain 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 state and local public health officials have offered a lot of helpful guidance for businesses on this topic, which we continue to follow.”

As a member of the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), MFDA regularly receives information via NFDA from the CDC, Department of Health and Human Services, and other agencies about the evolution of COVID-19 in the United States.  In addition, MFDA is in close communication with the Minnesota Department of Health, the Governor's office and key legislators

  • What is the current guidance for funerals in Minnesota?

    To summarize how the new Executive Order 20-99 effects funeral service in Minnesota - from Friday, November 20, 2020 at 11:59 pm through Friday, December 18, 2020 at 11:59 pm the following is allowed for funerals:

    Funeral Services/Visitations are strongly encouraged to offer virtual alternatives to the maximum extent possible. Funeral services/visitations may be held, provided that they adhere to the following requirements:

    A. In all settings, ensure a minimum of 6 feet of physical distancing between households.
    B. In indoor settings, occupancy must not exceed 50 percent of the normal occupant capacity as determined by the fire marshal, with a maximum of 250 people in a single self-contained space.
    C. In outdoor settings, gatherings must not exceed 250 individuals.
    D. Develop and implement a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan in accordance with applicable guidance available at the Stay Safe Minnesota website (https://staysafe.mn.gov).

    Funeral Receptions (where food and beverages are served) must not be held by individuals, venues, and businesses. This has changed from last week's Executive Order.

    The following guidance has recently been updated, and is now available on the MDH Mortuary Science website:
    Planning Funeral and Memorial Services during COVID-19 (PDF) (updated 11/20/20)
    Preparedness Plan Requirements for Faith-Based Communities, Places of Worship, Weddings, and Funerals (PDF) (updated 11/20/20)
    Guidance for Gatherings: Faith-based Communities, Places of Worship, and Ceremonies (PDF) (updated 11/20/20)
    In addition, links to the following resources have been added:
    Guidance for Vehicle Gatherings, Parades, and Drive-ins (PDF) (updated 11/18/20)
    Indoor Air Considerations: COVID-19
    For more information, see the Mortuary Science website.

    Please see Executive Order 20-99 here.

    Please see Executive Order 20-74 here.

    Visitations are considered part of the funeral ceremony - Please see more on this subject in INTERNAL MEMORANDUM REGARDING GOV. WALZ’S NOV. 10 EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 20-96

  • Online Community Becoming Members-Only on May 1

    Our MFDA Online Community (OC) has provided a real-time way to allow private discussions with funeral directors and funeral industry professionals around the state, which has proved to be a valuable resource during COVID-19. 

    As of Friday, May 1, our MFDA OC will become a members-only community and OC access and daily digest emails will stop for non-members.  We hope you join your fellow funeral professional colleagues by joining as a Firm, Individual, or Allied member of MFDA. Visit here to learn more about these membership options and join online or download a PDF application Firm | Individual | Allied.  

    If you don’t want to lose OC access tomorrow and intend to join, please email Miki at mtufto@mnfuneral.org to let us know and continue your access to the MFDA OC and other member benefits.
  • Minnesota Funeral Homes are Prepared to Safely Care for Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Minnesota Funeral Homes remain committed and prepared to safely care for the families they serve during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Whenever possible, they will continue to enable families to participate in the rituals that are most important to them as well as following appropriate guidelines.

     

    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; however, federal, state and local public health guidance has limited the size of gathering a family is able to plan. Depending on a family’s preferences, their loved one can be safely embalmed. Families may choose either burial or cremation as usual.

     

    “In Minnesota we recognize our responsibility to protect the health of those we are privileged to serve,” said Chris Jacobson, funeral director and president of the Minnesota Funeral Directors Association (MFDA).  “We will continue to guide families, as we always have, in ways they can meaningfully commemorate the life of their loved one, while adhering to the guidance issued by federal, state and local public health officials.”

     

    Jacobson continued, “Our members remain 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 state and local public health officials have offered a lot of helpful guidance for businesses on this topic, which we continue to follow.”

     

    As a member of the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), MFDA regularly receives information via NFDA from the CDC, Department of Health and Human Services, and other agencies about the evolution of COVID-19 in the United States.