To our Community,
As our situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve, we remain deeply committed to the health and well-being of the families we serve, our team of dedicated professionals and visitors to the Malcolm, Deavitt & Binhammer Funeral Home.
The Malcolm, Deavitt & Binhammer Funeral Home remains open and our staff is available 24 hours a day to assist families in their time of need. In order to provide comfort, if your preference is to social distance, our funeral home staff respects your decision and are prepared to come to your home or assist you by telephone or video conference to discuss your families needs.
As we continue to welcome the families we serve to gather and pay tribute to their loved ones, our recent mandate as of February 10th from the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Renfrew County Health Unit and the Bereavement Authority of Ontario stipulates the maximum attendance restriction has been updated to a 30 percent capacity rule for funeral services and visitation periods taking place at the funeral home or other venues (not including our staff).
We know the idea of simply cancelling all gatherings is at the forefront of your mind, but when faced with the loss of a loved one, that sort of decision is anything but simple. At this time, we are working attentively with families to ensure that immediate family members have an opportunity to grieve, mourn and say goodbye to their loved ones. Additionally, we find ourselves assisting families with the planning of public services and memorials to be held in the future, when restrictions have been lifted and our community is permitted to come together again in a traditional manner.
If you have been invited by family to join them for visitation or a funeral service, we ask that you please offer greetings and condolences with words of comfort or with a hand over your heart, instead of traditional handshaking or hugs. We also ask families during these difficult times to welcome others to observe from their homes, through our live-streaming service.
To extended family members and friends, please include your loved ones in your prayer’s during this difficult time and find other ways to show your support to them, such as by sharing your condolences on the Tribute Wall on our website, or with a phone call, card or email to the family. We will ensure the family receives your well wishes.
We also remain committed to supporting the steps being taken to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, and doing our part to reduce transmission. Our staff members are doing everything possible at work and outside of work to limit their exposure, and to remain healthy in order to serve you and to protect their families and our community from the spread of the virus.
As we continue to monitor these unprecedented times, we thank you for your efforts in helping us to maintain a safe environment for our families and our community which we are honoured to serve, while we continue to care for people in their time of need.
Our thoughts and prayers remain with those who have been directly affected by this virus and all who are working tirelessly to care for them.
Helpful Links –
The City of Pembroke
Renfrew County and District Health Unit
Ontario Ministry of Health
Bereavement Authority of Ontario