Hillsboro Funeral Home

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 November 26, 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: 
Please see the most up to date guidance by clicking on this link https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-and-wellness/funeral-homes-guidance
some notes from it are listed below:

 At the funeral home: 

·       Abstain from hosting all public visitations and receptions;

·       For private visitations,

a. immediate family may be visited by no more than twenty people at a time by invitation only, provided:

§  measures are in place to maintain physical distance, and prevent mingling between the immediate family and other visitors and

§  there are no more than 50 people in total over the span of the visitation (including the immediate family and people from other households),

§  a funeral home staff person is on site to ensure that protocols are followed during the visitation, and

§  all other measures in this guidance and applicable measures from the organized gatherings guidance https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-and-wellness/new-normal-gatherings-guidance are followed.

b. who is considered immediate family is at the discretion of the family and based on the capacity of the funeral home but is advised not to exceed 10 individuals.

c. Visitations should be scheduled in advance to minimize people mixing;

d. After a private visitation exceeding no more than 50 people in total, additional separate visitations with the deceased may be scheduled, without the immediate family or others present, up to 20 people at a time, for individuals unable to be accommodated within the group of 50 for the visitation;

 

·       Funeral and/or memorial services can occur. Organized gatherings of up to 50 persons are permitted to be held at an indoor or outdoor location provided businesses, services or organizations follow the Organized Gatherings Guidance. https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-and-wellness/new-normal-gatherings-guidance and an operational plan outlining measures to mitigate transmission of COVID-19 is in place and followed. To host more than 50 people, an operational plan is required and must be pre-approved by the Chief Public Health Office. Groups (or cohorts) of no more than 50 people must be kept separate and physical distancing of 6ft between individuals from different households or table/seating area as per the gathering guidance is required. If you are planning to host more than one group of 50, please consult the multiple gatherings guidance: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-and-wellness/new-normal-multiple-gatherings-guidance

·       People who are exempt from self-isolation for attending a wake, funeral or burial service must keep 6 feet or 2 metre distance from others and wear a non-medical mask. They are also expected to perform hand hygiene and practice cough etiquette, self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, stay in self-isolation if experiencing symptoms, and follow other general public health measures. This exemption does not apply if they are symptomatic.

·       Set up your space to accommodate appropriate physical distancing of at least 2-meters or 6 feet from all individuals, at all times; numbers in a space should be limited to those that can be accommodated with physical distancing.

·       Masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces in Prince Edward Island, including funeral homes. Some exemptions apply; see Mask FAQs: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-and-wellness/wearing-non-medical-masks-community

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

 

 

At burials and cemeteries:

 

·       Organized gatherings of up to 50 persons are permitted to be held at an indoor or outdoor location provided businesses, services or organizations follow the Organized Gatherings Guidance https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-and-wellness/new-normal-gatherings-guidance and an operational plan outlining measures to mitigate transmission of COVID-19 is in place and followed.

·       To host more than 50 people, an operational plan is required and must be pre-approved by the Chief Public Health Office. Groups (or cohorts) of no more than 50 people must be kept separate and physical distancing of 6ft between individuals from different households or table/seating area as per the gathering guidance, is required. If you are planning to host more than one group of 50, please consult the multiple gatherings guidance: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-and-wellness/new-normal-multiple-gatherings-guidance

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

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

 

·       *At the discretion of cemetery operators, additional individuals in vehicles may be permitted at the cemetery, provided individuals do not exit their vehicle or gather as this may exceed the maximum outdoor gathering limit.

~Please note that any guidance shared is subject to change

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