“You Shall Love Your Neighbor As Yourself” (Leviticus 19:18)
Among the many trying challenges, we face in these dire times is the sorrow of isolation from one another, added to the deeper one of personal loss, as we accompany those beloved to us to their resting places.
Just as the current times demand that the way to give honor to the dead during this pandemic is by staying at home. That is what the (departed) would have wanted and what Jewish law, which warns us to be extremely careful to guard our health, demands of us. We, therefore, must not congregate at funeral homes, shuls, residences, or on city streets to pay our respects to their families.
While we honor the departed through proper Jewish burial despite the challenges entailed, we must maintain a balance. We must remain sensitive and committed to serving our bereaved families as fully as possible, while working to ensure their health and safety, along with the health and safety of the funeral home and cemetery staff.
We recognize that the burial may provide the only opportunity for the family to say Kaddish and be offered the proper comforting of the mourners. As such, the following suggested policies and procedures should be followed at the cemetery to minimize the risk of exposure and to ensure the safety of all.
B’virchas kol tuv v’chag kasher v’sameiach,
Rabbi Elchonon Zohn
- Crowd size should be limited to the greatest extent possible. A minyan for Kaddish is not required at every interment.
- Participating relatives should be limited to the surviving spouse, children of the deceased and their spouses, as well as siblings and parents, G-d forbid.
INFECTION CONTROL PROTOCOL
- All visitors who intend to exit their cars should wear masks, and preferably gloves.
- Any person who is COVID-19 positive or is experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, should not be in attendance under any circumstances.
- At no time may anyone approach the grave when cemetery workers are present, nor may anyone approach any cemetery worker. Anyone involved in the burial must leave the area of the grave and must be more than 6 feet away from the grave.
- All Eulogies at the cemetery should be postponed until the current crisis has passed when proper memorialization of departed loved ones will be possible in the presence of all who wish to honor them. Modern technology offers many options for eulogies to be heard or viewed by many.
Thank you for adhering to these protocols and for your understanding and patience during these unprecedented times. We pray for those infected with COVID-19, those caring for the sick, and those ensuring the proper burial of the deceased.
In the merit of protecting ourselves and others, and for the chesed (kindness) and kavod (honor) shown to those who have passed on, all of whom were created in the image of G-d, may we soon see the day when Hashem will permanently wipe the tears from every face.
TO OUR ENTIRE COMMUNITY
These are challenging and exceptional times. Kronish Funeral Services takes the current situation extremely seriously. Our goal will always be to provide compassionate funerals cremation services to those we serve.
- All funeral services will be private at the graveside.
- We are in constant communication with our local, state, and federal agencies and governments to provide the highest quality care.
- Our partners in the National Funeral Directors of America and the Independent Jewish Funeral Directors are working together. We will all get through these challenging times together.
We are aware that these restrictions make an already difficult time even more challenging for grieving families and the people who wish to support them. To help families impacted by this situation, we offer the option of video recording of the graveside services and provide the family with the recording.
We are always available to you. Please reach out to us via email and we will reply as quickly as possible. We are attempting to meet the needs of our families and guests by always offering phone and email arrangements.
Kronish Funeral Services is committed to responsibly responding to the needs of the communities we are privileged to serve.
TO ALL THE FAMILIES AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS WE SERVE
At Kronish Funeral Services the well-being of our employees, community, and the families we serve are always our top priority. We recognize the important role we play in providing a vital service to the community. We are actively monitoring the COVID-19 / Coronavirus situation and are taking additional steps to keep our communities safe.
Most importantly, we want you to know that we are always here to help. At Kronish Funeral Services our systems are already set up so that when someone has a loss, they can call here and there will always be someone to answer the phone. Our staff will always be available to speak with you, but our interactions may be handled a little differently for a short period of time.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its guidelines regarding large group gatherings and events, considering the ongoing effort to combat the spread of Coronavirus in the country. The new CDC guidelines recommend against holding events or group gatherings of 10 or more people across the U.S. at least the next eight weeks.
Safety is a critical concern for all of us at Kronish Funeral Services. We are regularly communicating with the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), CDC, local government offices and other organizations. This is an evolving situation and additional information about COVID-19 becomes available we will make adjustments as required.
Providing Funeral Services to the Jewish Community of South Florida
Kronish Funeral Services proudly serves the Jewish community of Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Martin Counties, including the cities of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, West Palm Beach, Palm City, Stuart, and the surrounding areas.
Our staff is available 24 x 7 to help you with all your funeral needs.