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 most recent mandate as of June 30th from the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Renfrew County Health Unit and the Bereavement Authority of Ontario is as follows - 

Effective Friday, July 16th, 2021  

Registrar’s Directive:
Capacity limits removed;
Physical distancing, mask-wearing requirements remain

Effective July 16, 2021
The BAO is issuing this Registrar’s Directive in alignment with the Government of Ontario’s Step Three of its Roadmap to Reopen announcement today.
Indoor and outdoor funeral services, including visitations, will start operating under these requirements on Friday, July 16.
No additional measures have been added in this Registrar’s Directive.
Indoor funeral services

  • Indoor funeral services are permitted with physical distancing of two metres (six feet) between people.
  • No capacity limit, except for the physical distancing requirement. 
  • Masks or face coverings are required indoors.
  • Passive screening continues: There must be passive screening of guests, meaning have COVID signage at the entrance for guests to self-assess. (Here’s a link to the BAO’s screening sign, found on our COVID-19 web section.)
  • 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. 
  • All attendees and staff must adhere to local public health unit restrictions.

Staffing ratios

  • There will no longer be a set staffing ratio.
  • Funeral establishments and cemeteries are responsible for ensuring physical distancing and the wearing of masks or face coverings indoors.

Food and beverages

  • Permissible food and beverage services are determined by your local public health unit.

If you plan to pay your respects during visitation or attend 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.

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.

                                                                                                                                                               Eric Zadow

                                                                                                                                                               Managing Director



 Helpful Links –


The City of Pembroke


Renfrew County and District Health Unit


Health Canada

Ontario Ministry of Health


Bereavement Authority of Ontario