Santa Cruz Memorial Mission Chapel & Oakwood Chapel in Santa Cruz and Garden of Memories cemetery in Salinas remain committed and prepared to safely care for the families it serves during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Whenever possible, we will continue to enable families to participate in the rituals that are most important to them. Please be assured that as funeral service professionals, we are fully committed to the health and safety of the families we serve, our community, and our staff.
Please note that Federal, State and Local Public Health guidelines will impact the size of gatherings we are able to hold. We continue, even during this health crisis, to believe in the healing power of funeral and memorial services to commemorate the life of a loved one and to support the family. We encourage the families we serve to plan memorial services for a time after we have gotten past this pandemic and are, once again, able to be together as a community.
At Santa Cruz Memorial and Garden of Memories, we recognize our responsibility to protect the health of those we are privileged to serve, and we will continue to guide families, as we always have, in ways they can meaningfully commemorate the life of their loved one, while adhering to the guidance issued by public health officials.
Our staff remains vigilant about cleaning our facilities and ensuring we’re all following recommended healthy habits, such as staying home when sick, washing our hands, and covering coughs and sneezes. The CDC and our state and local public health officials have offered a lot of helpful guidance for businesses on this topic, which we continue to follow.
To help address this developing public health concern, we have instituted specific precautionary measures to help lessen the spread of the virus by:
- Increasing the frequency of cleaning our facilities per CDC guidelines.
- Working with our families to adjust service times and following limitations to attendees as directed by state and local authorities.
- Offering expanded arrangement planning options through online, phone, and email while continuing to meet the needs of the families we serve.
- Limiting open access to the facilities and requiring appointments to meet with staff members
As members of several professional organizations, we regularly receive updated information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Federal and State Departments of Health and Human Services, Local Public Health agencies and other organizations about the evolution of COVID-19 in the United States.
If there is anything, we can do for you, please do not hesitate to call us. Thank you for your understanding and support during these challenging times.