Thank you for your Support and Understanding as we Navigate through this Global Crisis called Coronavirus/COVID-19. As you are aware, on March 22, 2020, Governor Mike DeWine issued A Stay at Home Order for all Ohioans. This has pressed all of us to adjust to A New Normalcy. More importantly, this requires that essential businesses enforce a maximum number of individuals/customers to be in a context at one time to promote social distancing. In-as- much as a Funeral Home, we are an essential business, it is my responsibility to assure we protect staff, families, and all others. We all must assist in this pursuit.
It is imperative that we seriously grasp and embrace, keeping our distance helps to keep others safe. COVID-19 is spread from person to person. The more we are around one another particularly in close contact, the greater chance it is that we can be exposed to this deadly disease. It has disproportionately impacted African Americans more-so than any other community. While it is apparent that we often share compassion and empathy for those contending with the precious loss of life with a hand shake, hug or a warm embrace, this is not the time to do so with COVID-19 making many ill and often culminating in death.
Therefore, I am asking for your understanding and support as we limit no more than 20 people being in the Funeral Home at any given time. It is my responsibility as the Owner-Funeral Director to assure that we can maintain services and reduce opportunities for disease transmission. I would like to exclaim again,” This not the time for doing “Business As Usual”, and it is my deepest desire to have services for our extended families/customers, while not putting any of us at risk.
With Love and Respect at this Challenging Time.
Monique L. Smoot