As of March 16, 2020
Note: Every few days the official guidelines change regarding gatherings, and therefore any information provided here is subject to revision without notice.
People in New England know how to prepare for a blizzard and hunker down for a few days every now and then, but the transmission of a potentially life threatening virus presents challenges that none of us has considered before this week.
Until the extent and seriousness of the outbreak becomes clear, we at Hathaway Family Funeral Homes will do our best to provide meaningful care and support to all who request our services. At the same time, health safety has to come first in all the decisions made relative to funeral care.
We do not at this time suggest gatherings for more than the most immediate of family. Brief prayers with clergy may be appropriate prior to a burial or cremation, but as per state guidelines, this should include only a handful of people.
In the future, once the impact of the epidemic subsides, we will then help you to arrange and organize whatever public memorial services or events you feel would best honor the memory of your loved one.
This is a terrible hardship for everyone. Death pains the soul plenty enough, without also losing the ceremonies and gatherings we rely upon for comfort after a loved one has passed. Unfortunately this is the state of our surroundings for at least the next two months, and remembrance will become a more private and virtual experience until the virus threat subsides.
During the cycle of this disruption in public life, we will do everything we can to bring comfort and peace of mind to those we serve. In the near term, by continuing to conduct ourselves with the professionalism, care, fairness, and attention to detail which has always been the hallmark of Hathaway services. And after the disruption has passed, by offering a wide range of funeral and memorial options to help bring a sense of finality to the grief which has been interrupted because of this ongoing public health emergency.
If you have questions. Do not hesitate to call. We will do all we can to help.
And from all of us, staff and Hathaway family alike, thank you for your trust and support through this difficult time.