Wednesday May 6, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE
Most recently, McInnis & Holloway have partnered with FM Systems, one of Canada’s leading audio suppliers, to secure a FM broadcast license. If families wish services will now be available to listen by audio broadcast on a local FM radio station for those individuals who wish to be physically present while remaining in their cars in the funeral home parking lot. “
On April 30th Premier Jason Kenney announced Alberta’s relaunch strategy and on April 29th during the Alberta Government's daily COVID-19 update Dr. Deena Hinshaw mentioned continued restriction for funerals.
It was announced that Albertians should expect physical distancing to last for many months. As stated by Dr. Hinshaw, ”Those measures are going to be in place for many many months to come and we shouldn't be anticipating that those kinds of measures will be going away "
Dr. Deena Hinshaw does support Albertians getting outside and being present with others when families have experienced the death of a loved one. People are not asked to stay home but encouraged to look for ways in which individuals may gather while respecting the 15 person and physical distancing restrictions.
While online condolences and online streaming of services is still very important to many families, we are also seeing people across the world adopt meaningful ways that allow friends and families to get together in person while complying with the physical distancing and 15 person maximum restrictions.
You may have read about or participated in a drive by birthday party/parade or have witnessed the honoree drive through the streets as friends and family stand by waving and showing handmade signs. These meaningful in person events are incredibly impactful and further support the online gestures shared by extended family and friends.
During March and April families planning a tribute for their loved one have worked closely with our arrangers to incorporate creative ways for friends and family to be together in person. We have seen;
- •extended visitation time to rotate friends and family
- shorter services that repeat two or three times with different people in attendance
- processions drive past a care centre or family residence for those that are unable attend
- graveside services that include more 15 people who remain their cars and show their support by being present
- family friends parking their cars as an honour guard at the entrance to the funeral home
Most recently, McInnis & Holloway have partnered with FM Systems, one of Canada’s leading audio suppliers, to secure a FM broadcast license. Services will now be available to listen by audio broadcast on a local FM radio station for those individuals who wish to be physically present while remaining in their cars in the funeral home parking lot.
In addition to broadcasting the audio from a service taking place inside the funeral home FM Systems has available an 18-25 foot screen option for those families wishing to show a video of the service outdoors in our parking lot. Partnering with FM Systems to broadcast the indoor service outdoors for attendees is a natural progression and a logical next step in helping people connect with bereaved families to honor a loved one’s life.
Families will continue to have the online streaming option available as they consider different ways to include extended family and friends.
Families with questions or concerns about funeral planning are encouraged to contact McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes directly by calling 403-243-8200 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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