COVID-19 Advisory

Updated Tuesday, November 24, 2020

On behalf of the staff at Gardens of Gethsemani we hope you are safe and coping as best as possible. This advisory provides information on restrictions made with a view to balancing staff and family safety and being pastoral in the services we provide:

Gardens of Gethsemani is here to serve you and your family.

We can serve you by phone, online, correspondence or by in-person appointments Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm at 604-531-2141. Please note in-person meetings are by appointment only due to limited office space.

The office door is locked during operating hours and opened for appointments and for deliveries. For those coming to an appointment, please wear a safety mask when entering the office and hand sanitize. Anyone experiencing any symptoms must stay away at this time. Appointments are limited to 2 people maximum please.

Gates are open for visiting from 7 am until 5 pm. Please ensure you follow social distancing guidelines of 2 meters (6.5 feet) and follow the guidance of staff to respect distancing and parking during funeral interments.

A safety mask is required inside the office, chapel and mausoleums along with distancing please. A safety mask is advised for graveside interments.

Maximum Attendance at Funerals

Funerals are permitted to continue but for family/ households only to a maximum of 10 participants (funeral home personnel do not count towards the 10). If you’ve had a death in the family please discuss this with your funeral home professional as well as your priest. The maximum of 10 as well applies to graveside interments at the Gardens of Gethsemani. The 10 maximum does not include funeral home and cemetery employees. However the provincial maximum of 10 must include the “officiant” i.e. the priest or deacon presiding.

Screening

All visitors for appointments or services need to self-screen:

–  Do you have any of these symptoms?  Fever or Cough/Sneezing or Difficulty Breathing/Shortness of Breath?

–  Have you or any member of your immediate family with whom you reside traveled outside of Canada in the last 14 days?

–  Have you or any member of your immediate family been in contact with someone who has or is suspected to have COVID-19?

–  Are you or any member of your immediate family in self-isolation?

–  Has Public Health been involved?

If a visitor answers YES to any of the above questions, we ask that they kindly return home and call us to make arrangements by alternative means (phone/email, etc.)

Any individual who is under self-isolation is NOT permitted to attend any of our locations for any reason.

Committal/ Burial/ Entombment services are to be private and for immediate family, pallbearers and dear friends, households per government guidelines.

While our cemetery remains open to visitors, we recommend that visits that are non-essential or unrelated to an internment service be avoided.

In the interest of everyone’s health, handshaking, hugging and other direct contact should be avoided. Unwell individuals should not attend services for any reason. We are asking families to include this information in their public obituary notice.

The container of earth or sand at graveside often sprinkled during the committal is not available at this time.

The monthly Mass of Remembrance held at the Evangelist Chapel for November has been canceled at this time and may resume for December. Services have been focused on families who lost a loved one in that particular month.

Thank you for your support of these important measures and for your understanding and patience. We pray for those infected with COVID-19, those caring for the sick and for one another.

Yours sincerely in Christ,

Peter Nobes
Director, Catholic Cemeteries