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 and Health Canada 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 internationally or been in contact with someone who has traveled internationally, refrain from visiting our funeral homes at this time.
Effective immediately the following precautions and procedures have been implemented:
As of May 29, the regulator that oversees funeral homes and cemeteries, the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, has imposed new restrictions that dictate how visitations can take place during the pandemic. Under the new restrictions, we have been mandated to separate groupings of visitors rather than cycling or “trading off” of people through the funeral home for a visitation. Our funeral directors will be working with our client families to ensure as many of their loved ones as possible will have the opportunity to say goodbye in a safe manner. This will, however, require that all visitations and services going forward are by “invite only.”
There will be no vigils or wake services at any places of worship. As well, Chapel Services will be limited to immediate and extended family members.
Rites of Committal will take place with the immediate family at the cemetery. Receiving lines at the cemetery will not be conducted. Friends and guests are asked to avoid going to the cemetery.
Our Coffee Lounge is closed and receptions are not available. Please do not bring outside food or beverages into the 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 is available 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, but not attend the visitation or funeral services. While visitations and services are limited to immediate and extended family, 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 families and staff 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