Funeral Policy during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Funeral Policy for the First United Church of Christ, Congregational, Milford, CT
During Coronavirus Pandemic (Spring 2020)
Determined by Deacon Co-Chairs and Pastors, March 24, 2020--updated March 31, 2020

For Christians, gathering to mourn the dead, celebrate their life and proclaim the hope of Resurrection are essential practices of our faith. During the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID19 outbreak, our usual mourning rituals have been interrupted.

We think of those women on that first Easter, who went to follow their familiar mourning ritual to anoint Jesus's body, to find it disrupted. We remember their initial shock and confusion and feel it too. We're waiting to feel the hope of resurrection. In times of trial like the death of a loved one, we turn to the familiar practices and rituals of our faith and ancestors. And so we know that this disruption for a grieving community is doubly hard. We grieve this disruption with you.

In March 2020, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont declared a State of Emergency and limited gatherings first to fifty and now to just five.

Until the State of Emergency is lifted for Connecticut, First Church Milford will be limited in our funeral practices in the following ways:

Viewing/Wake: We are not able to accommodate a wake.

Funeral: First Church Milford is not able to accommodate a funeral or memorial service at this time.

Graveside: A pastor is able to participate in a graveside service outdoors but limits this event to five people, practicing social distancing of 6 feet between one another. The graveside service can be live-streamed.

Repast/Reception: We are not able to host a reception or meal following the funeral at this time.

While we are limited in what we are able to host or participate in at this time, we are able to plan for memorials after the pandemic has passed. We would welcome the opportunity to host a memorial service for your loved one at a later date when we can all safely gather and celebrate their life.

Rev. Adam Eckhart, Senior Pastor
Rev. Ashley Grant, Associate Pastor
Marlene Sanchez and Karen Testone, Deacon Co-chairs

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