Hillsboro Funeral Home & COVID-19

At Hillsboro Funeral Home we are taking the health and safety of our staff and the community we serve very seriously. We know the value of honoring the loved ones in our community and we will make every possible effort to help you do this within this current situation. Your loved one, family members, our staff and the public at large are our priority and we will be doing what we can through extra cleaning and sanitizing throughout our funeral home to make it safe for those who enter. Due to the current outbreak of COVID-19 we are no longer operating on regular business hours and by appointment only. We are requesting that any non-essential services that can wait until another time, following this outbreak be put off until these restrictions have been lifted. As always, if immediate we will be here for you but by appointment only and with a restricted number of family members that may attend the arrangement conference. Please do not come to our funeral home if you are feeling ill or if you have been in contact with anyone who may have been in contact with the virus. The following is an Order that has been given to funeral homes across Prince Edward Island by the Chief Public Health Office on March 17, 2020 and revised on April 2, 2020. Hillsboro Funeral Home will be following the direction from their office until further notice. Thank you in this effort to help contain the spread of COVID-19. 
Shawn MacLean and Staff of Hillsboro Funeral Home
It is important to recognize this important ritual in our community and among our family and friends. However, to help prevent the spread of illness the following Orders are set forth by the Chief Public Health Office: 

 At the funeral home: 

  1. Limit the number of family members making visitation/funeral/memorial arrangements to no more than 5 persons;
  2. Restrict visitation to a gathering of no more than 15 persons at one time (not counting funeral home staff);

*If you are contemplating having more than one gathering at one time in a facility (indoor or outdoor), consult the Chief Public Health Officer’s “Multiple Gatherings Guidance”. https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/multiple-gatherings-guidance 

  1. Refrain from in-person signing of the guest book and taking memorials/donations.  Instead, use online mechanisms for people to offer condolences and give memorials/donations;
  2. Funeral and/or memorial services may occur but must follow gathering limitations outlined in #2 and ensure physical distancing;
  3. Cancel and abstain from hosting all public receptions;
  4. Set up your space to accommodate appropriate physical distancing of at least 2-meters or 6 feet from all individuals, at all times;
  5. Do not permit shaking hands, hugging, etc.;
  6. Encourage hand washing by making available alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with a minimum of 60% alcohol content) or access to washrooms that are always well stocked with liquid soap and paper towels;
  7. Have extra tissues on hand and a hands-free waste basket for disposal;
  8. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, table-tops, bathrooms and other surfaces; and
  9. Staff in Long-term Care facilities and Nursing Homes must refrain from creating receiving lines to honour the decedent.


*Based on the guidance, staggering visitation is permitted.  Enhanced cleaning and physical distancing must be followed.


At burials and cemeteries:

1.     Limit gatherings to no more than 20 people (not counting funeral home staff);

2.     Do not permit shaking hands, hugging, etc.;

3.     Practice physical distancing of 2 metres/6 feet between individuals and/or households.


*Vehicles are permitted at the cemetery.  Individuals should not exit their vehicle or gather as this may exceed the maximum outdoor gathering limit of no more than 20 persons.  This practice is at the discretion of cemetery operators.



Welcome to Hillsboro Funeral Home, we hope you find our new website helpful and informative. It is our goal to invest back into our community and to create relationships through being involved and supporting local. Every life is worth celebrating, we are committed to provide services with dignity and respect to you and your loved one.

Our staff consists of professionally trained, licensed funeral directors and embalmers who are passionate about helping families in their time of need. We also provide caring guidance in "Helping you plan for tomorrow, today".

Hillsboro Funeral Home
2 Hollis Avenue, Stratford
(902) 569-5689

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