Notice: We are committed to serving our families and will continue doing so during this time, though our office will be closed through April 6th.  As always, we are available 24/7 by telephone.  We ask that all of you take the same necessary  precautions as requested by Governor Holcolmb to combat COVID19.  

Coronavirus - COVID19 News Release ~ March 18, 2020

Coronavirus - COVID19 News Release ~ March 18, 2020

In an effort to suppress the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Morgan County funeral directors and funeral home owners from Neal & Summers Funeral and Cremation Center, Costin Funeral Chapel, Light Memorial & Funeral Chapel and Jones Family Mortuary have taken a collaborative approach to adhere to the mandates and protocols set forth by our federal government, the Center for Disease Control, “CDC”, and the State of Indiana’s official emergency declaration to the Coronavirus-COVID19.  Our unified decision is a representation of our professional and lawful responsibility to our communities and families, to protect the public health and welfare, as well as, continue to provide proper care of the deceased and compassion to those who grieve. As of March 17th, 2020, Governor Holcomb released this statement:

“Indiana will adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for large events and mass gatherings.” The guidance recommends no in-person events of more than 50 people. Here is a link to the guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html

And, the CDC added this to the attendance recommendation:

“For organizations that serve people who are at a higher risk of serious COVID-19 illness, we suggest you cancel events for groups of 10 people or more.”

With a deep respect for our families and staff and in caring for our communities, we will follow the Governor’s definition and consider visitation, funeral and memorial services to be non-essential gatherings that are applicable to the latest CDC recommendation…”canceling events for groups of 10 people or more”, immediately.  At this time, the four funeral homes listed above will NOT be hosting PUBLIC gatherings; however, each of us will independently and diligently work with our families to provide the same dignified and compassionate care you have all come to know and expect.  Your funeral director will assist you in arranging private, family services now, with alternatives utilizing available live streaming options and public events later.

Additionally, we ask that you follow the safety guidelines below:

- Anyone who is experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, unusual body aches, and/or nausea or has been in contact with anyone experiencing any of these symptoms, please refrain from visiting the funeral home at this time.

- Please refrain from visiting the funeral home if you have traveled out of the U.S., been on a cruise ship or airline within the past eight (8) weeks.

- Please exercise social distancing as suggested by the CDC and remain 6 feet away from one another.

- Please avoid shaking hands, giving hugs, or any physical contact with the members of the family or other guests while visiting the funeral home and elsewhere.

We will also be doing our part to suppress the spread of the COVID-19 virus internally by practicing heightened personal protection and frequent disinfection of doorknobs, light switches, restrooms, and other areas within the funeral home. 

This is a serious time in our nation; one that deserves and demands serious action.  We know that this may cause additional hardships, and we have considered the consequences.  PLEASE KNOW that it is our prayer, that by being cautious and remaining steadfast, our sole intent is to protect you and our communities, while helping our nation recover from this disaster more quickly.  By working together professionally and as a community, we can accomplish great things… “United we stand, divided we fall.” – Abraham Lincoln

Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

Respectfully,

Neal & Summers Funeral and Cremation Center

Costin Funeral Chapel

Light Memorial & Funeral Chapel

Jones Family Mortuary 


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