As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation evolves, Cardinal Funeral Homes is putting the health and safety of our guests, staff and community at the highest priority.
We are following direction from Ontario Public Health, Health Canada and the Bereavement Authority of Ontario and request that family members or guests who are experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, shortness of breath), have traveled out of province or been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, refrain from visiting our funeral homes at this time.
Effective immediately the following precautions and procedures have been implemented:
Beginning November 23, the Ontario government have imposed new restrictions on funeral homes and cemeteries in Toronto in order to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Now that the City of Toronto has entered the Lockdown/Grey level of the COVID-19 provincial response, all funerals/visitations will be limited to no more than 10 guests indoors and 10 outdoors.. However, in order to prevent more attendees than the number of guests allowed, we will not be posting the exact times of the events taking place and each service will be by invite-only.
In order to keep everyone as safe as possible, we kindly ask that all guests continue to practice physical distancing, refrain from shaking hands or having direct contact with each other if not in the same household or their established 10-person social circle.
Gatherings will be limited to up to 10 people at a time in a visitation suite. When coming for a visitation, guests are asked to pay their respects to the deceased, acknowledge the family from a safe distance and wear a mask/face covering at all times. Guest seating has been arranged to maintain physical distancing and will remain in place for all services and visitation in the funeral home.
Funeral services are still currently permitted at churches and places of worship. However, each place of worship may have its own capacity restrictions below the maximum limit of 10, so we will ensure that you are aware of the capacity limits for the location of the service you are attending.
Rites of Committal will take place with up to 10 guests at the cemetery, also depending on the specific restrictions of the cemetery.
Our Coffee Lounge remains closed and receptions are not available. Please do not bring outside food or beverages into our funeral homes.
All of our bathrooms are equipped with disinfecting hand soap and cleaned regularly. We also have increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting our public areas.
Hand sanitizer and masks are available upon entry and throughout the Funeral Homes. As well, signage has been posted throughout to remind all visitors to adhere to our new precautions and procedures.
Condolence Resources. Please reach out to families in their time of need. Friends should sign our online register books and/or send flowers, as only a very limited number of guests will be able to attend in person. While visitations and services are limited to smaller numbers of guests, families appreciate your show of support through this very difficult time.
For over 95 years, Cardinal Funeral Homes’ mission has been to provide exceptional and meaningful funeral service experiences for the families we serve through teamwork, dedication and professionalism, as well as to provide comprehensive bereavement resources. We will continue to make every effort to support our client families through their grieving process in this difficult time.
In order for us to continue to serve our families well and in a safe manner, we thank you for your understanding and cooperation with these preventative measures that are temporarily in place.
Jimmy and Andrew Cardinal