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Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

Special Notice Regarding the Current Covid-19 Pandemic

 

The health and safety of our community is our top priority. Hill and Wood Funeral Home will continue to serve the families of Central Virginia in their time of need; however, we must make a few temporary changes.

 

The Governor of Virginia has issued executive order 53, which states, in part, "Effective 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2020 until 11:59 p.m., Thursday, April 23, 2020, all public and private in person gatherings of 10 or more individuals are prohibited." In light of that, we will discuss all available service options with you so that we can still honor your loved one. Should you elect for an immediate burial or cremation now, we will be happy to assist you with a public Memorial Service, at no additional charge, when such restrictions are lifted.

 

Beyond attendance restrictions there are not currently any prohibitions on funerals. Burial, embalming, attended cremation, and all other service options remain available at this time.

 

Additionally, we want to assure you that the Hill and Wood team is taking proactive measures to help prevent the spread of the Covid-19 Coronavirus. We are closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization’s statements, along with Virginia Department of Public Health, National Funeral Director’s Association, and the Virginia Board of Funeral Directors & Embalmers regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and following guidelines from these agencies and our local health departments, and we will be making the following temporary procedural changes:

  • In accordance with the Governor’s Order we are unable to accomidate services of more than than ten people.
  • To protect your family, and the gernal public, we will begin reducing our staff during a funeral to only the number essential to conduct the services you have requested. We will continue to provide the same level of care you have come to expect from us wherever possible.
  • We are increasing the scope and frequency of cleaning and disinfecting protocols to clean before and after each service with particular attention paid to high touch items like knobs, faucets, chairs and other communal areas.
  • Additional hand sanitizer stations have been made available.
  • During non-funeral times, we are temporarily relaxing our traditional dress code for staff to appropriate business casual attire. Additionally, for the protection of the community we will be using additional personal protective equipment when entering your home or healthcare facilities.
  • Employees who exhibit cold or flu-like symptoms have been instructed to stay home from work. And some of our staff that have potential compromising risk factors have begun to work from home.
  • In an effort to minimize direct contact, we are offering the ability to make funeral arrangements over the phone or online. If you should choose to come into our facility, we ask that you avoiding shaking hands or physical contact with the other guests or our staff.
  • We request that guests who are experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms including fever, cough and shortness of breath not associated with a prior, unrelated diagnosis refrain from entering our facilities at this time.
  • We have the ability live stream funerals for those who wish to stay home. We can also record (audio & video) a funeral service in our Charlottesville chapel.
  • Those who refrain from coming to any services are welcome to leave messages for the family on our website.

As we deal with this unprecedented situation, we ask that you all be safe, take care of yourselves, and follow the guidance of the relevant authorities so that we may, together, prevent the further spread of this virus. If you have any questions about the funeral home operations during this time, please feel free to contact us.

 

Stephen R. Christianson

Vice President and Managing Director Hill and Wood Charlottesville

and

Stephen J. Mathis

Managing Director Hill and Wood Funeral Home Greene Chapel

Hill & Wood Funeral Service 
Phone: (434) 296-6148
201 N. First Street, Charlottesville, VA

Hill & Wood Greene Chapel
Phone: (434) 990-4336
15075 Spotswood Trail, Ruckersville, VA


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