*****UPDATED March 21, 2020*****
Please note that in accordance with Governor Murphy’s Executive Order signed this afternoon, all public funeral gatherings, viewings or ceremonies should not be conducted in any funeral home, place of worship, cemetery or crematory until further notice.
As a result of the executive order, and in the best interest of public safety and health, we will not be allowing anyone into the funeral home without an appointment. We are limited to immediate burials or cremations with only immediate family in attendance. In Governor Murphy’s own words: “It pains me that important life moments will not be celebrated in the way we are accustomed to.”
We here at John F. Pfleger Funeral Home agree with Governor Murphy’s sentiment, as well as his order in trying to protect the public. This is an unprecedented time, and calls for drastic action to get through it, which we can and will do together.
As always, we are available to answer any question you may have and will still be here to guide you through these most difficult times to the best of our ability.
MARCH 17, 2020 – As recent events have unfolded, we have struggled to balance our dedication to providing meaningful and compassionate services for the families and loved ones of those who have passed away and our unavoidable place in the environment within which diseases like this one may be easily spread. The protection of our community is very important to us.
It is with that in mind, and understanding the recommendations and rules from the Federal, State, and Local governments, that we will be limiting public gathering in our funeral home to groups of 10 or less. Everyone has been urged to refrain from going out in public for non-essential activities to try to limit the spread of COVID-19, regardless of whether symptoms are present or not.
While we will do everything we can to create a meaningful remembrance service for your loved ones, we ask everyone to refrain from public invitations to services and be considerate of the reality and uncertainty in the world today. If you do need to come to the funeral home for any reason, please call beforehand and we will be sure to guide you through this difficult time.
Again, we do ask that ANYONE who feels sick or may have been exposed to COVID-19 to please stay home and work on recovery. If you would like to reach the family of a deceased we have a condolence form on our website that you can fill out and we will be sure the family you wish to visit receives the note.
If you do have to come to the funeral home, or go anywhere in public, please remember the CDC’s guidance on how to avoid getting yourself, or others, infected:
- WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN – wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- AVOID CLOSE CONTACT – put distance between yourself and other people. Please avoid handshakes, hugging and kissing, and any other close contact with people in the funeral home.
- STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK OR HAVE BEEN EXPOSED – this is very important for controlling the spread of this disease, especially to any high risk individuals.
- COVER YOUR COUGHS AND SNEEZES – cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow. Then throw away the tissue and wash your hands immediately.
Above all, please take care of yourselves and your families. Stay safe.
EVAN F. PFLEGER
Manager – NJ Lic. No. 4717