March 27, 2020, an update from Jim Delaney regarding funerals during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our profession’s basic ethical axiom is and always has been reverence for our dead. With that axiom in mind, we, as funeral directors, embalmers, and support staff, attempt to bring comfort to those families who entrust their loved ones into our care. We also believe that everyone is entitled to a dignified funeral, as a way of helping family members, friends, and community members remember, honor, and celebrate a loved one’s life.
With the latest pandemic the world is facing with the COVID-19 virus, some of our long-standing traditions have been changed. In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, on March 23, 2020, Gov. Charles Baker held a press conference indicating that as of March 24 at 12:00 Noon, all non-essential businesses were to close and the Department of Public Health’s guidance limited gatherings to 10 or fewer people. This all in an effort to maintain social distance and to slow the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. These orders have had a direct impact on our funeral home, James H. Delaney & Son, in Walpole. Temporarily, we cannot host large visitations or wakes with family, friends, and community members gathering in our building, we cannot invite relatives and friends to church services, and we are even limited to groups of 10 at committal services, whether in the cemetery or crematory. However, as I have previously mentioned, everyone is entitled to a dignified funeral, and while they may not be on the traditional grand scale, I can assure everyone that the James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home will still be assisting members of our community with planning for and holding services that remember, honor, and celebrate their loved ones.
As funeral directors, our first priority is to adhere to our ethical axiom, reverence for our dead. Second, is our responsibility to protect the health of the public. With both items in mind, we have decided to create a service tailored to the need of the immediate family in the way of private visitations, funerals, and committal services, with larger public services taking place at a later date. It is our hope that these services will bring some comfort to families and offer them the opportunity to start traveling the path through their own grief journey. While other members of our community may not be able to take part in these small services, we by no means want to exclude them from reaching out to families and taking part in the online or virtual tribute on our website. We strongly encourage members of our community to read life stories and watch tribute videos on our website, leaving messages of comfort for the families to read in days following their loved one’s services. Your messages, stories, and memories all help family members move forward in their healing process.
Please know we will be available day and night to guide our community through difficult times in the coming days, weeks, and months. “At the end of the day all you need is hope and strength…hope that it will get better and strength to hold on until it does.”
Welcome to the Delaney Funeral Home. Three generations of the Delaney family have proudly served families in the Town of Walpole since our opening in 1958, and we are still family owned and operated today. Over the years, our commitment has been to provide you, your friends and neighbors with sound advice and personal service at times that can be emotionally difficult. Many families first meet us when they attend a loved one's funeral. Later, they call us when they are in a time of personal need. They know from experience that they can count on us to be there...as reliable as a community landmark.
While losing someone that we love and care for is always difficult, we strive to celebrate the life lived to bring families some comfort and peace during difficult times. This comfort and peace can be found in conversations, photos, music, and storytelling, that collectively weave together the beautiful life story of our loved ones. It is our hope that the services we provide will help families start down their own path of healing.
Please feel free to explore our website, we hope that you find helpful information in the pages that follow. If you ever have any questions regarding information found here or anywhere else, do not hesitate to contact us, as we are always here to help.
James F. Delaney