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Welcome to Falco, Caruso & Leonard Funeral Home
Providing full service before, during and after time of need.
UPDATED MAY 21, 2020
To the families that we serve:
After a staff meeting this afternoon, April 24th, 2020, we wanted to readdress the current COVID-19 outbreak. Our staff is here to assure you that we will continue to serve our community and that the health and safety of the families we serve as well as our staff and associates remain a top priority.
As of April 22nd, 2020, the State of New Jersey Department of Health released the Executive Directive No: 20-010 listing the following directives are to be followed regardless of the cause of death:
- Final disposition is strongly encouraged to be immediate cremation, direct burial or entombment.
- There are to be NO in-person, open-casket viewings, visitations or ceremonies conducted.
- Under no circumstances are more than 10 people to gather for any decedent.
- Ten and under is inclusive of family, funeral home staff, clergy and cemetery/crematory personnel.
- Decedents CANNOT be stored or held for future memorialization.
- Funeral homes may not refuse a death due to a lack of capacity. Rather every mortuary must make arrangements with colleagues in other counties to which every family not being serviced must be referred.
We understand these are difficult times and that funeral directors and families we serve are both working through feelings of isolation. Grief as we understood it has changed, our routines are upended, and everyone’s sense of what was known has become disrupted.
With all of that being stated: We are open and will remain open and serving our community, and will take care of your loved ones no matter what type of services you are selecting, whether burial or cremation. We pledge to abide by local, NJ state, federal and CDC guidelines and are continuously monitoring practices and recommendations set forth by both the NJ state and national Funeral Director’s Associations. We pledge to continue serving your families with compassion and provide the most dignified service that we can within the scope of current regulation, while also helping to plan a future memorial service or Celebration of Life.
For funeral planning, we can guide you via phone and electronically. We have invested through the years in state of the art technology that will allow our families to share their graveside services with friends and loved ones over the internet while we are in this time of crisis and for an enhanced memorial gathering once we all get through this time together.
For a family in need at a time of death – call us. We will virtually meet with you and help you plan your services. Any public notifications will state that the services are being handled privately due to the current health crisis caused by COVID-19 and the recommendations of the CDC. You have the ability to invite immediate family members to be present for graveside services, however at no time can we have more than 10 people at the cemetery, including our staff, clergy, and cemetery workers (Number may vary depending on individual cemeteries). Private services held at the cemetery can be videotaped by our staff to be shared with friends and family who could not attend. As always, as new information becomes available, these policies are subject to change to adhere to the guidelines set forth.
For everyone else – call the family. They still need your support at this time so they know that they are not alone. Offer words of support via phone, text, email; send flowers, a card or have a meal delivered; make a charitable donation or have a Mass said in their name; send your condolences via the funeral home website to them and keep them in your thoughts and prayers. These small gestures will make a huge difference on a grieving family and will help them get through the coming days.
Finally, PLEASE listen to the guidelines being set forth by our governments and take care of yourselves and your neighbors.