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For Immediate Release: March 19, 2020
Contact: Donny Eric Adkinson, Managing Funeral Director, 334-886-7777
SORRELLS FUNERAL HOME Is Prepared to Safely Care For Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Slocomb, AL – Sorrells Funeral Home remains committed and prepared to safely care for the families it serves during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Whenever possible, Sorrells Funeral Home will continue to enable families to participate in the rituals that are most important to them.
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 may impact 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 chose either burial or cremation as usual.
“At Sorrells Funeral Home, we recognize our responsibility to protect the health of those we are privileged to serve,” said Managing Funeral Director, Donny Eric Adkinson “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.”
Adkinson continued: “Our staff remains 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.”
A member of the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), Sorrells Funeral Home 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. NFDA continues to lead the conversation with federal officials about the role of funeral service as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic.
UPDATE: Effective 5 PM, March 19, 2020, by order of Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and Alabama State Health Officer Scott Harris, M.D., M.P.H., “all gatherings of 25 persons or more, or gatherings of any size that cannot maintain a consistent six-foot distance between persons, are prohibited until future notice. This Order shall apply to all gatherings, events or activities that bring 25 or more persons in a single room or single space at the same time.” As a result of this order, graveside services will be strongly recommended, or private funeral services with immediate family members only. No public visitations will be held. If you need to speak with a director concerning pre-need funeral arrangements, please call the funeral home to set up an appointment time.
If the staff of Sorrells Funeral Home can be of assistance, please contact us at 334-886-7777