The families we serve are always our top priority. During confusing and concerning times such as the current COVID-19 event, we want to share our plans with you. We want to assure you that we are all in this together.
First, we are closely monitoring and following all guidelines from the CDC, Provincial and National Health Authorities, and our Provincial and National Funeral Associations.
As of Tuesday, October 12, 2021, the Government of Manitoba has lifted restrictions for indoor funeral services for fully vaccinated people attending who can provide proof of vaccination, however the Government of Manitoba has reduced indoor public gathering group sizes to 25 people or 25% capacity, whichever is lower, for gatherings that include unvaccinated people who are eligible to be vaccinated. As of Tuesday, October 5, 2021, all outdoor public gathering sizes have been reduced to 50 people regardless of vaccination status. Masks are required within indoor facilities for the safety of our community. We are prepared to offer families the choice of livestreaming the funeral for remote viewing by family and friends or holding a private service at the time of death followed by a public memorial service at a later date.
We have set in place measures to help protect and accommodate the elderly and members of the public. We will make every effort to accommodate families in making arrangements and conducting services in any capacity needed to ensure their safety and comfort while honouring their loved one.
Arrangements can be made remotely, either online or by teleconference. If your loved one's death is a result or suspected result of COVID-19, we kindly ask that you contact us by phone on how to proceed with making arrangements.
We have the capability of mobile live-streaming a funeral service from any location, church, venue, or cemetery you choose, and as always, at our Brockie Donovan Chapel. We encourage leaving online messages of condolences to the family by accessing the obituary page of the loved one here on our website.
In an effort to minimize direct contact, we ask that you consider avoiding shaking hands or physical contact with the members of the family or other guests. Direct eye contact, loving words, and a warm smile can be as meaningful to the families as a traditional handshake or hug, especially during these difficult times.
Our large gathering spaces will be set up to allow social distancing.
We will be providing hand sanitizer stations throughout our facility and have enacted extra cleaning in all public areas.
For over 106 years Brockie Donovan has been a trusted name in this community and today we stand by ready to help. We plan to remain open and will respond with professionalism, care and compassion in our mission to help families as they grieve and celebrate life.