October 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 June 8, 2020, Gov. Charles Baker indicated that Phase II of his plan to reopen Massachusetts was to begin. In Phase II, the plan allowed for the reopening of funeral homes on a limited basis, currently at forty percent of the building capacity. This is in an effort to maintain social distance and to slow the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. At the current time, we can host visitations or wakes with family, friends, and community members gathering in our home.
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 changed our protocols for visitations, limiting the number of guests in the building at any given time to ensure we remain safely under the forty percent capacity as laid out by the Commonwealth’s regulation. However, this is done on a rotating basis, as guests inside begin to exit, we can allow more to enter, giving the feel of a traditional visitation or wake. In addition, we are requiring all guests who enter our home to wear a mask and ask all who enter to socially distance from one another. We are also ensuring the safety of all at the local houses of worship and cemeteries, by limiting the number of attendees and being mindful of social distancing.
It is our hope that these services will bring comfort to our community and offer them the opportunity to start traveling the path through their own grief journey.
While some members of our community may not feel comfortable taking part in these 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