COVID-19 Funeral Policy

We want to let you know that we are continuing to perform our services during these unprecedented times and are here to address your concerns and questions.  We are actively monitoring the fluid changes with the COVID-19 situation to ensure a safe place for the families we serve. We are taking proactive measures to prevent the spread of any illnesses.

We provide services to the community similar to the first responders. We are here if and when you need us most. Our main concern is for the safety and well being of the families we serve, the community, general public and our staff. Therefore, we are taking every precaution to ensure the protection of all.  Our high standards of service, is equal to our well-maintained and clean facility.

In spite of the Coronavirus (Covid-19), there are still services to be performed.  We are fully-operational to provide families the services they desire to say good-bye and honor their loved one.

We will continue the following guidelines based on the direction of the CDC, State & Local Government, Medical Examiner/Coroner and all Funeral Director Association protocols.

  • If you are sick, please stay home. If there is any noticeable coughing or sneezing, you will be kindly asked to leave. For the safety of all, please stay home.
  • Masks are required. It is required in our town to wear a mask to enter any place of business.
  • Social distancing is to be observed.
  • CDC COVID-19 guidelines are posted in our public areas.
  • We will keep exhaust fans on to provide fresh air exchanges.

For your general knowledge, for any type of gathering when the deceased is present, he/she will be embalmed.  The deceased is cared for by bathing, sanitizing and disinfecting providing the same procedures as we have always met. In the occurrence of COVID-19, the CDC guidance states, “There is currently no known risk associated with being in the same room at a funeral or visitation service with the body of someone who dies of COVID-19.” The proper embalming process, in fact, by definition is used for not only preservation but disinfection. We are keeping the recommendations of the CDC and Health Department in mind with regards to our visitations and funeral services and family and friends wishing to pay their last respects.  While this situation continues to evolve, we will adjust our protocols to best service our staff and families.

To help prevent the spread of the virus, please join us in the common practices of:

  • Wash your hands often.
  • Don’t touch your face.
  • Social distancing is required.
  • Keep a safe distance.
  • Stay home if you are sick.

Illinois is recovering with a five-phased plan for the state. Please visit the Restore Illinois website for an expanded explanation of the phases at: https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/restore-illinois-introduction

Current State guidelines for each Phase with regard to gathering limitations and safety guidelines.

Phase 1 – Rapid Spread: Strict stay at home and social distancing guidelines are put in place. Hitzeman Funeral Home is an essential business and will remain open. Only 10 individuals will be allowed in our facility for services. Social distancing practices and face coverings are expected.

Phase 2 – Flattening: Essential gatherings and services continue for Hitzeman Funeral Home. Public gatherings limited to 10 or fewer individuals allowed. Social distancing practices and face coverings are expected.

Phase 3 – Recovery: Essential gatherings and services continue for Hitzeman Funeral Home. Public gatherings limited to 10 or fewer individuals allowed. Social distancing practices and face coverings are expected.

Phase 4 – Revitalization: Essential gatherings and services continue for Hitzeman Funeral Home. Public gatherings limited to 50 or fewer individuals allowed. Social distancing practices and face coverings are expected.

Phase 5 – Illinois Restored: With a vaccine or treatment available or elimination of any new cases, we can fully reopen with no size of gathering limitations. New safety guidelines and procedures are in place per any Federal, CDC, and/or State recommendations.

As of June 26, 2020 and per the guidelines set forth by the state of Illinois, we are in Phase 4, which allows for gatherings of 50 people or fewer are allowed with this limit subject to change based on latest data and guidance.

As of June 26, 2020, churches are beginning to reopen. Churches are following Federal, CDC, and State recommendations as well as their own denominational procedures. This means not all churches are able to open yet but as soon as they can open, we will be ready to provide funeral services and masses at church. We will assist your family with working with their church for your family’s funeral service. We will assist your family with the proper tribute for your grieving family deserves, if you lost a love one in the past months but were unavailable to schedule a service. We will work alongside each church to follow their new procedures.

At Hitzeman Funeral Home, we take great pride in serving the community and want to have you here for years to come. We pride ourselves with our ability to help every family and will do so through this difficult time as we have always done for the last 116 years.

We are here for you. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call (708) 485-2000. A family member or staff will personally answer your call 24 hours a day.

Take care of yourself and check on your loved ones!

Respectfully,

The Hitzeman Family & Staff

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