The health and wellbeing of the client families and community we serve, as well as our caring team here at Morris & Morris funerals, is our highest priority. We also need to be very aware of the contact we have with others and how that may affect extended family and friends, particularly the elderly.
We continue to monitor the situation daily through our membership of the Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand, who are in regular contact with the Ministry of Health and other Government agencies . The FDANZ have put out guidance and safeguard information which we are adhering to.
The Government has restricted the number of attendees at public gatherings including Funerals and Tangihanga during the virus outbreak. This will affect funeral gatherings. Currently under Alert Level 2 the maximum permitted to attend a funeral is 50. Along side a smaller gathering of 50 there are a number of alternatives to reach out to relatives and friends in their homes, we would be happy to discuss these with you. One of the best ways to reach people who are now not able to attend funerals is via our live streaming option, which during this current period of disruption we are offering free of charge to every family we serve. The option of a memorial service at a future date may be your favoured option. In all cases we will be advising our client families according to their individual needs.
Most importantly we must ask that anyone who is experiencing flu-like symptoms or who have recently returned from travel not to attend our offices during this uncertain period.
Our natural tendency at a time of grief is to hug and embrace and give comfort to our loved ones. We know that COVID-19 spreads through such action so we ask that you refrain from close contact during the funeral
If you or your family have immediate concerns relating to Covid-19, please call the dedicated Covid-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or visit the Ministry website here.