Covid-19 & Funerals



Effective July 16, 2021 Ontario moves into Stage 3 Recovery

what this means for funerals:

Because we must continue to have contact tracing lists created for funeral gatherings, we will still require people to RSVP for funerals. This can be done through the funeral home website on a person's page or by calling the funeral home between 9 am and 5 pm.

Indoor Funerals:

-Indoor funeral services are permitted with physical distancing of two metres (six feet) between people.
-No capacity limit, except for the physical distancing requirement. 
Click here to see what that means for Indoor locations in St. Marys.
-Masks or face coverings are required indoors.
-Passive screening continues
-Guests must still be logged to enable contact tracing. Records must be kept for 30 days.
-All attendees and staff must adhere to local public health unit restrictions.


Outdoor funerals / Services at cemeteries

-No capacity limit, except for the physical distancing requirement.
-Cemeteries can restrict access as they deem necessary, as usual. 
-Guests must still be logged to enable contact tracing. Records must be kept for 30 days.
-All attendees and staff must adhere to local public health unit restrictions.
-Please wear a mask at outdoor funerals

Please scroll down the page to see how we will handle these guidelines for visitations and funerals.

When visiting the funeral home:

Before arriving at the funeral home - Appointments required
Please call (519-284-2820), text (519-520-0478) or email (andrew@hodgesfuneralhome.ca)

We request that you contact the funeral home in advance of any visit, including making funeral arrangements, attending a visitation or funeral, or for dropping off memorial donations.

Please do not come to the funeral home or attend funeral gatherings if you are feeling unwell or have traveled outside of Canada in the past 14 days and/or had close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19.

Everyone must wear a mask indoors as mandated by the Huron-Perth Health Unit on July 13, 2020
(complimentary masks are available inside the entrance doors)

People exempt from wearing a mask when entering an indoor public space:

  • Children under the age of 2 or children who do not understand the need to wear a mask.
  • Anyone with a medical issue or religious reason that makes wearing a mask difficult.

Please also wear masks at outdoor funeral gatherings.

Please use the hand sanitizer located inside the entrance door at the funeral home once you have entered the building.

Regardless if people are gathering indoors or outdoors, people must do their best to maintain 2 metres (6 feet) from each other (except people from the same household).


Memorial Donations:

We would prefer memorial donations be made over the phone (calling 519-284-2820) or online. Since the start of the pandemic, the Hodges Funeral Home has covered the fee from the credit card machines for donations taken over the phone. As of Feb 15, 2021, the Hodges Funeral Home will now cover the online fee for donations made through the funeral home website. This is another funeral home first for Ontario. Click here for a full explanation of how the Hodges Funeral Home handles memorial donations.



Funeral Arrangements:

When you call the funeral home to inform us of the death of a loved one, we will ask for your phone number and email address. The information needed can also be submitted through this website, click here.

  • We can meet in person at the funeral home

or

  • Arrangements can be made over the phone and with email

Visitations at the funeral home:

Visitations can be scheduled to ensure 30% capacity of the building with 15 minutes between visiting times so that the funeral home staff can complete disinfection cleaning. Click here to see how the Hodges Funeral Home is scheduling visitations. Please note: we do have the option of using Zoom for up to 10 people at a time to virtually attend visitations and to interact with those in the building.

For both indoor and outdoor funerals, the Hodges Funeral Home is able to video the service at no added cost.

  • Options: Facebook Live or taking a video to later create a public or private Youtube Link.

For funeral gatherings that involve food and drink,

This includes open house gatherings or receptions at other facilities like halls. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 with 48 hours is required to attend.