Wednesday, May 27, 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:
Many staff are working from home and can serve you by phone, online and through correspondence. Staff are available Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm at 604-531-2141.
A limited number of office staff are available for appointments. The office door is locked during operating hours and opened for appointments and modest service requests. 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 9 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.
Visiting is resuming for indoor mausoleums. A safety mask is required inside the mausoleums along with distancing please.
All visitors for appointments or for 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, to a maximum of 50 attendees per the 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.
Our mausoleum buildings and chapel buildings will be closed for visits that are unrelated to attendance at an entombment.
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.
Respect social distancing of two meters or more and follow the guidance of cemetery staff and funeral service professionals.
The container of earth
or sand at graveside often sprinkled during the committal is available.
The monthly Mass of Remembrance held at the Evangelist Chapel is cancelled until further notice. Other non-essential events are cancelled until further notice.
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,
Director, Catholic Cemeteries