COVID-19 Advisory

Updated Wednesday, March 25, 2020

On behalf of the staff at Gardens of Gethsemani we hope you are safe and coping as best as possible given the extraordinary situation with COVID-19. This advisory provides information on restrictions made with a view to balancing staff and family safety and being pastoral in services:

Gardens of Gethsemani remains open and available to serve you and your family.

We are transitioning many staff to work remotely by phone, online and through correspondence. Staff are available Monday - Friday 9:00am-4:30pm at 604-531-2141.

A limited number of office staff are available for at-need arrangements by appointment only. The office door will be locked during operating hours and opened only for those appointments.

Screening

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 travelled 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.

We are focused on helping families with at-need services and have been postponing pre-arrangement appointments. We can answer queries by phone, and we are establishing procedures online.

Committal/ Burial/ Entombment services are to be private and for immediate family, pallbearers and dear friends, to a maximum of 20 attendees.

While our cemetery remains open to visitors, we recommend that visits that are non-essential or unrelated to an interment 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 will no longer be available.

The monthly Mass of Remembrance originally scheduled for March 29th has been cancelled. A decision will be made presently about the April Mass of Remembrance. Other non-essential events are cancelled. 

 Thank you for your support with these important measures and for your understanding and patience during these unprecedented times. 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