Macz Funeral Homes Covid19 Plan

To our friends and families we serve, 

As news of COVID-19 continues to impact our community and the world, our funeral home staff wants to assure you Macz Funeral Homes are committed and prepared to safely care for the families we are always so HONORED to SERVE. 

These are unprecedented times and our staff is working to ensure that all families have both the BURIAL and CREMATION options available to them. We will be following what is endorsed by:

The Illinois Funeral Directors Association (IFDA) Board of Directors (which our very own Tom Macz serves)

IFDA recommends following the CDC guidelines on gatherings, and this includes those directly related to any funerals, visitation, or graveside services.

We will continue to work to ensure that all families are able to celebrate their loved one. As always upon request we will record and put services on our YouTube channel. 

We encourage you to leave a memory for families on the obituary tribute wall or send the family a card or flowers. 

We are BLESSED to be Supporting our Communities Now & Always,

Macz Funeral Homes

This document was updated when Illinois entered Phase 4 (Revitalization): Gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed, restaurants and bars reopen under safety guidance from IDPH, and childcare and schools reopen under guidance from IDPH.

Despite the impact of the current coronavirus crisis and the profound disruption it has caused to our daily lives, please know that this firm remains committed to helping families, relatives and friends say farewell to their loved ones as meaningfully as possible. To that end, this facility has taken the following steps to balance the needs of mourners and guests with the recommended precautions communicated to us by the CDC and the National Funeral Directors Association:

How You Can Help Today - What You Can Do

  • If your loved one has passed from Covid19, and you have been in contact with them please make sure to properly quarantine. We do allow a delay of services, so everyone is safely able to attend.   
  • Only two immediate family members will be allowed in funeral arrangements. 
  • We do encourage families to wear masks. This is an intimate setting and do allow others to be conferenced called in if need be.  
  • Our staff will not be getting into family vehicles to park them in procession please allow us time once in the parking lot so we can direct you on where to park so you are ready to go to the cemetery.
  • With following social distancing guidelines we will not be offering the service of our limos. 
  • Foremost, if you have a fever, experience a persistent cough, and/or have difficulty breathing, then please do not attend a service and instead consult your physician. 
  • Follow social-distancing guidelines: ~ Do not kiss, hug or shake hands with other attendees ~ Remain at least six feet from others at all times 
  • Wash your hands frequently and/or use a provided hand sanitizer. 
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue and immediately toss the used tissue into a trash receptacle. (If you don’t have a tissue, then please sneeze or cough into the crook of your elbow instead of your hand.) We also ask that you please wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after disposing of your tissue. 
  • During the visitation and/or service, please choose a seat that follows social-distancing guidelines. We have deliberately spaced our chairs/seating areas farther apart than normal.

Facility Care and Staffing

  • You will see Funeral Directors and staff wearing masks this is for your protection.
  • We routinely perform environmental cleaning/sanitizing throughout this facility, such as countertops, doorknobs, bathrooms, tabletops, chairs, pews, and all other frequently touched surfaces.
  • We have handwashing stations located in our restrooms.
  • We provide CDC-recommended hand sanitizers throughout this facility if handwashing is not an option. 
  • We provide disposable tissues throughout our facility so guests can cover sneezes and coughs, as well as a greater number of trash receptacles to immediately dispose of used tissues. 
  • We discourage our staff from using other’s work tools, such as phones, desks, other equipment, whenever possible. 
  • We ask staff to follow social-distancing guidelines and to stay home if feeling sick. 
  • We will record services upon request with no charge as a keepsake and to make sure everyone has the opportunity to safely view services. 
  • Embalming will be required for a private family gathering, even if direct cremation is the request of the family.
  • Hot beverage service to the public will be suspended during this time to limit exposure. Individual water bottles will be available by request.

Keep the Faith 

Throughout history, human beings have still managed to conduct the rites, rituals and services necessary to honor and remember their beloved dead during challenging times. Therefore, despite the difficulties we now face, both personally and professionally, never doubt that, together, we will all get through this, for this too shall pass. Thank you for following the above guidelines today and, more importantly, for granting those most affected by this loss with the gift of your personal presence – one of the most important functions of a funeral service. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact a staff member for assistance.

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