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Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

Special Notice Regarding the Ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic

 

The health and safety of our community is our top priority. As we move into the fall and winter months Covid cases and fatalities are again beginning to rise in our area, Hill and Wood Funeral Home will continue to serve the families of Central Virginia in their time of need; however there remain a few things to be aware of.

 

As restrictions and guidelines continue to change, each church, cemetery and other venue is setting their own regulations and protocols. 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, using our prices that are effect at the time of your loved ones passing.

 

While there may be some restrictions on attendance based on your chosen venue’s capacity, there are not currently any government prohibitions on funerals. Burial, embalming, attended cremation, and all other service options remain available at this time, in most cases.

 

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:

 

  • Due to the nature of our facility and the emergence of strains of Covid that are able to cause “breakthrough” cases we are asking that all persons, regardless of vaccination status, to wear masks while in our facilities. Services at other venues will need to follow the guidelines of that particular facility. Outdoor service such as gravesides do not typically require the use of masks except at the cemetery or family’s request. In any situation where a mask is required for any of the above reasons, you may not be admitted to the service if you are not willing to comply.
  • Our staff will continue to wear masks when meeting with families and the general public for the time being.
  • We are maintaining an elevated 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.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will continue to be available.
  • For the protection of those most at risk in our community we will be using additional personal protective equipment when entering healthcare facilities.
  • Employees who exhibit cold or flu-like symptoms have been instructed to stay home from work.
  • In an effort to minimize direct contact and to improve convenience, we have made the ability to make funeral arrangements over the phone or online a permanent option. If you should choose to come into our facility, we suggest that you avoid 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 of a non-communicable disease refrain from entering our facilities at this time.
  • We have the ability to live stream or record most funerals for those who wish to stay home.
  • Those who refrain from coming to any services are welcome to leave messages for the family on our website.

 

As we continue to deal with this unprecedented situation, we ask that you all be safe, take care of yourselves and those around you, and continue to follow the guidance of the relevant authorities so that we may all one day soon see the end of this pandemic. 

 

Stephen R. Christianson

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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