To the families we serve:
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home remains hopefully that the coronavirus (COVID-19) will have a limited impact on our country and our community. We stand ready to assist you in the event you lose a loved one during this time of uncertainty. Our professional education and training have prepared us to safely deal with infectious agents, as well as diseases like the coronavirus.
We want our community to know that we will be ready to provide the same compassionate and professionalism that we always have, no matter the situation. In the meantime, we urge everyone to stay calm, make wise decisions, and know that we are ready to help.
Depending on a family’s preference, their loved one can be safely embalmed. 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. Families may choose either burial or cremation as usual. In either circumstance, we are the only local funeral home with our own on site crematory. This allows us to assure you your loved one will remain in the hands of our certified staff.
As a Member of the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) and Nebraska Funeral Directors Association (NeFDA), we have been receiving regular updates through these associations from the CDC, Department of Health & Human Services, and other agencies about the evolution of COVID-19 in Nebraska and the nation at large. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home is currently following the CDC guidelines and NeFDA for public gatherings of 10 people or less until further notice. Funeral services will be limited to these guidelines. Visitations will be open to the public but will be monitored to keep a safe number of guests in a space at one time. With appropriate technology and our updated facility, Carpenter Breland can webcast or record funeral services.
We urge funeral attendees to follow recommended healthy habits such as social distancing, hand hygiene, covering cough and sneezes, etc. As an extra layer of precaution for those we serve, as well as our staff, we ask people who are ill or who are part of an at-risk population (e.g., the elderly, immune-compromised, etc.) to stay home. We suggest dropping sympathy cards in the mail directly to the family or funeral home, watching video tributes online and signing the website guest book to show support and care for those who have lost a loved one.
We are dedicated to helping families commemorate the life of their loved ones in a safe manner that is consistent with federal, state and local guidance. We serve an at-risk demographic to this virus and as we care deeply about them. We will be diligent to protect them. We are in uncharted territory and even though funerals will look different for the time being, we will be there for you and your family.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. Please friend us on Facebook or view our website for up to date information.