A message to our families
The safety of our community is the number one priority here at Morales Funeral Home. In an effort to keep our families informed on the possible changes of services, we ask you to continue to monitor our website.
Please remain informed with local authorities for conditions and as always, we encourage you to be safe and exercise healthy habits.
Thursday, March 19, 2020
We are excited to announce that our chapel is now equipped with live webcasting and will be available to our families at no extra charge during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Webcasting is viewed live over the internet, archived for delayed viewing, and can be downloaded to a DVD for a permanent keepsake.
Family and friends can watch and listen to the service on a mobile device or computer without needing to leave the house.
Anyone self isolating, vulnerable or feeling uncomfortable being around strangers right now can still pay their respects in the safety of their own home.
For more information on webcasting feel free to get in touch, or visit: https://blog.moralesfuneralhome.com/now-offering-live-webcasting-for-funeral-services/
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
As the news of COVID-19 spreads throughout our community and the world, we want to assure you that we are acting with an abundance of caution when it comes to health and safety.
Morales Funeral Home has no intention of shutting down. Our team will continue to support Houston families during these difficult and uncertain times. At this time, we are following federal guidelines advising people not to gather in groups of 10 or more for the next 14 days. We ask that all guests who are experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms, such as cough, fever or respiratory distress, refrain from visiting the funeral home at this time. In addition, our staff is following all CDC guidelines, including social distancing. We unfortunately must maintain a safe distance and will not be able to greet you with a handshake or hug. We continue to offer services as before, but gatherings will be limited to family only until further notice.
Obituaries will continue to be posted to our website, where online condolences can be left for those who are unable to attend services. We are also diligently working to find a solution to live stream services for those who are unable to attend the services.
We are doing everything within our power to provide a safe and clean environment for families and their guests. Our restrooms are fully stocked with antibacterial soap and paper towels. Our staff is working hard to clean and sanitize our facility regularly.
We are here to answer any questions you may have.
All our best,
The Morales Family
Monday, March 16, 2020
Morales Funeral Home is Prepared to Safely Care for Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Houston, TX – Morales Funeral Home remains committed and prepared to safely care for the families it serves during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Whenever possible, Morales Funeral Home will continue to enable families to participate in the rituals that are most important to them.
As a member of the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), we regularly receive information via NFDA from the CDC, Department of Health and Human Services and other agencies about the evolution of COVID-19 in the United States. NFDA continues to lead the conversation with federal officials about the role of funeral service as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic.
And according to the CDC, at this time, there is no known risk associated with being in the same room at a funeral or visitation service with the body of someone who died of confirmed or suspected COVID-19. Depending on a family’s preferences, their loved one can be safely embalmed. Families may choose either burial or cremation as usual.
“At Morales Funeral Home we recognize our responsibility to protect the health of those we are privileged to serve,” said Christina Morales, President “We will continue to guide families, as we always have, in ways they can meaningfully and safely commemorate the life of their loved one, while adhering to the guidance issued by federal, state and local public health officials.”
Morales continued: “Our staff remains vigilant about cleaning our facilities and ensuring we’re all following recommended healthy habits, such as keeping a proper social distant, staying home when sick, washing our hands, and covering coughs and sneezes. The CDC and our local public health officials have offered a lot of helpful guidance for businesses on this topic, which we continue to follow.”
We will be implementing the following measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Hand sanitizer and tissues have been placed throughout the funeral home and hand soap in restrooms.
- Encouraging remote arrangements with our funeral directors via phone conference or web
- Hosting a private, intimate graveside service and scheduling a memorial service sometime in the future
- Enhance sanitizing all chapels, meeting areas, furniture, equipment and vehicles
If the staff of Morales Funeral Home can be of assistance, please contact us at (713) 223-1167 or via email: [email protected]
Q: Am I at risk if I go to a funeral or visitation service for someone who died for COVID-19?
A: There is currently no known risk associated with being in the same room at a funeral or visitation service with the body of someone who died of COVID-19.
Q: Am I at risk if I touch someone who died of COVID-19 after they have passed away?
A: COVID-19 is a new disease and we are still learning how it spreads. The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to mainly spread from close contact (i.e., within about 6 feet) with a person who is currently sick with COVID-19. The virus likely spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory infections spread. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. This type of spread is not a concern after death.
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
People should consider not touching the body of someone who has died of COVID-19. Older people and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions are at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness. There may be less of a chance of the virus spreading from certain types of touching, such as holding the hand or hugging after the body has been prepared for viewing. Other activities, such as kissing, washing, and shrouding should be avoided before, during, and after the body has been prepared, if possible. If washing the body or shrouding are important religious or cultural practices, families are encouraged to work with their community cultural and religious leaders and funeral home staff on how to reduce their exposure as much as possible. At a minimum, people conducting these activities should wear disposable gloves. If splashing of fluids is expected, additional personal protective equipment (PPE) may be required (such as disposable gown, faceshield or goggles and facemask).
Cleaning should be conducted in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.). Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claimspdf iconexternal icon are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. After removal of PPE, perform hand hygiene by washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. Soap and water should be used if the hands are visibly soiled.
Q: What should I do if my family member died from COVID-19 while overseas?
A: When a US citizen dies outside the United States, the deceased person’s next of kin or legal representative should notify US consular officials at the Department of State. Consular personnel are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to provide assistance to US citizens for overseas emergencies. If a family member, domestic partner, or legal representative is in a different country from the deceased person, he or she should call the Department of State’s Office of Overseas Citizens Services in Washington, DC, from 8 am to 5 pm Eastern time, Monday through Friday, at 888-407-4747 (toll-free) or 202-501-4444. For emergency assistance after working hours or on weekends and holidays, call the Department of State switchboard at 202-647-4000 and ask to speak with the Overseas Citizens Services duty officer. In addition, the US embassy external icon closest to or in the country where the US citizen died can provide assistance.
If the staff of Morales Funeral Home can be of assistance or should you have additional questions, please contact us at (713) 223-1167 or via email: [email protected]