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.

Monday, September 14, 2020

8:40 am

Our team is constantly reviewing the most recent recommendations and guidelines from the CDC, State of Texas Health Department, Texas Governor, and Local Government Authorities pertaining to our profession.

For the safety of our staff, and your family and guests, we have increased our occupancy limit. At this time, all gatherings at our facility will remain limited and we will be abiding by the following guidelines below :

  • 60 family members and guest will be allowed per service
  • Families are allowed to have water and snacks such as cookies, granola bars and sweet bread
  • Masks will continute to be required in the Funeral Home at all times
  • Those considered more vulnerable by age or health reasons should take extra precaution and consider not attending
  • Those who are coughing, sneezing, or have a high temperature should not consider attending
  • Our team will continue to wear masks during services and gatherings
  • Services at a church or cemetery may be limited by their own social distancing guidelines

Friday, June 26, 2020

1:32 pm

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, all gatherings at our facility will remain limited and we will be abiding by the following guidelines we set forth:

  • Our chapel will be limited to 15 family members and guests if the deceased passed away from COVID-19
  • If the deceased did not pass away from COVID-19, the chapel will be limited to 40 family members and guests
  • We will not be rotating family members and/or guests at any moment. Once the occupancy limited has been reached, our doors will lock and will not reopen. Family members and guest inside the building before the occupancy limit was reached can remain inside the building. However, upon exit, they will not be let back in.
  • Our kitchen will only be open to family members and guests to obtain drinking water and wash hands. Outside food/drinks/pastries will not be allowed until further notice.  

Our chapel continues to be pre set to follow the recommended social distancing standard of six feet. We will continute to provide hand sanitizer upon entry and throughout our facilitiy, face maks must continue to be worn at all times, we continute to urge family members to make arrangements remote with our directors and we will continue to live-stream services at no additional charge should the family elect such service. . 

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.

Under the new Harris County advisory, the public is urged to:

  • Stay home, except for the most essential needs like going to the grocery store for food and medicine
  • Avoid and cancel all gatherings of any size.
  • Essential workers practice special precautions to prevent spread.
  • All vulnerable individuals (65+ or with pre-existing health conditions) stay home.
  • Self-quarantine for 14 days if in close and prolonged contact with someone who has tested positive with COVID-19.
  • Wear face coverings to protect others.
  • Avoid non-essential business and personal travel. Avoid public transportation where possible.
  • Cancel visits to nursing homes, long term care facilities, and hospitals.
  • Avoid and cancel all indoor and outdoor gatherings, including concerts, rodeos, large sporting events, etc. Schools and after-school activities for youth close, as directed by educational authorities.

Monday, June 22, 2020

8:20 am

Harris County Mask Order Regarding Health and Safety Policy and Face Coverings

In accordance with County Judge Lina Hidalgo Executive Order, all employees and/or visitors entering our premises are required to wear a face covering.

1. The rules

Per the order, all businesses offering goods and services will be required to make sure customers and employees:

  • Wear a mask or face covering
  • Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet (or 2 meters) from customers and staff
  • Prevent customers or employees who feel sick from coming into the business
2. The exceptions

The order states face coverings or masks do not need to be worn in the following circumstances:

  • Children under the age of 10 are exempt from wearing a mask
  • When consuming food or drink provided by a business (restaurants or bars)
  • When doing so poses a greater mental or physical safety risk or security risk
  • While in a building or activity that requires security surveillance or screening
  • When exercising outside or engaging in physical activity outside
  • While pumping gas or operating outdoor equipment
3. The penalty for non-compliance

Per the executive order, business owners offering goods and services who do not enforce the provisions of the order — including ensuring all customers and employees wear masks, maintaining social distancing guidelines and turning away employees who feel sick — will face a $1,000 fine per violation. 

Abbott made it clear that individuals will not be subject to fines or penalties for noncompliance, Hidalgo said. Only business owners offering goods and services will be subject to the penalty. Hidalgo stressed that while there will be penalties, the goal is to educate people as opposed to issuing fines.

View the full Harris County Mask order here.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

2:28 pm

VA National Cemeteries Resume Committal and Memorial Services Halded by COVID-19 Pandemic

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) national cemeteries will resume committal services starting June 9 in all but two VA national cemeteries. 

VA national cemeteries will contact families who were unable to hold a committal service due to the COVID-19 pandemic to arrange memorial services for their loved ones beginning in July. 

Families with interments scheduled on or after June 9 will be offered the option of a committal service at the time of interment.  At Calverton and Long Island national cemeteries in New York, that option will be available starting June 22 provided state and local guidance permit. 

To schedule committal services, please contact the National Cemetery Scheduling Office beginning June 6 at (800) 535-1117.

NCA has implemented a robust set of measures that will allow us to conduct committal and memorial services while protecting the health and safety of Veterans, their families and our team members who serve them.  VA national cemeteries continue to adhere to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus. 

Cemetery directors have the authority and responsibility to maintain a safe environment at the cemetery for visitors and employees.  As such, if a family member or attendee refuses to follow safety measures at the committal shelter the cemetery will not conduct the committal service or allow the witnessing of the interment. 

 To ensure the safety of our visitors and employees, all attendees are required to follow these safety measures: 

  • Limit the Number of Attendees: Families must abide by cemetery limits on the number of individuals attending the committal service.  The number of attendees permitted at committal service will vary based on state and local guidelines for gathering sizes and the ability of the cemetery to accommodate attendees while maintaining physical distancing, but nowhere will the number permitted to attend be fewer than 10.  Cemetery team members, funeral home personnel, and military honors providers do not count toward the limited number of attendees. The Houston National Cemetery does not have a limit on the number of guests.
  • Wear Face Masks: All family members, attendees, funeral home personnel, military honor providers, and cemetery staff must wear a face mask or covering. 

  • Maintain Physical Distancing: A least 6 feet of distance must be maintained between individuals.  People living together in the same household do not need to maintain a 6-foot distance from each other.
  • Stay Home if you are Sick: Individuals who are sick or not feeling well should not attend the service.

Funeral home directors are asked to emphasize the cemetery’s requirement that all attendees follow these safety measures for the committal service to commence. 

Families wishing to display floral arrangements on stands at the committal service may do so, however, all handling, placement and removal of the arrangements must be done by funeral home personnel or the family.  Floral arrangements will not be transported by cemetery personnel to the gravesite at the time of interment.  Families wishing to place a floral arrangement(s) (limit 2) may do so after 4:30 p.m. on the day of interment or any time thereafter.  These changes will be in effect until further notice.  As a reminder, cemeteries will not accept floral arrangements for direct interments. 

Funeral home personnel, families and visitors should be aware that some buildings, such as Public Information Centers, Administrative Buildings, and chapels remain closed to the public.  Contact the local cemeteries for specific information. 

Military funeral honors, customarily provided by the Department of Defense and volunteer honor guards, will be based on local availability.  Funeral home directors are encouraged to contact military funeral honors providers to determine services and availability.  Military honors personnel will be required to wear a face mask and maintain physical distancing. 

Families are not required to conduct a committal service.  They may continue to choose direct interment and opt for a memorial service at a later date when all restrictions have been lifted. 

Memorial services for Veterans and eligible family members who were interred without a committal service between March 23 and June 8 will commence in July.  Cemetery representatives will be reaching out to all of these families in the coming weeks to discuss their options and schedule a memorial service, if desired.  Families may also contact the National Cemetery Scheduling Office or the cemetery directly to schedule a memorial service after June 29, 2020.

 Conditions and restrictions at local cemeteries can and will change in response to state, local and federal guidelines and orders.  You are encouraged to contact your local cemetery for specific information or details.

Lastly, NCA would like to thank you for all that you have done for our nation’s Veterans and their families during these unprecedented times.  Your partnership and commitment to ensure Veterans receive the burial benefits they deserve is always appreciated and not forgotten.  

For more information, visit the NCA’s website, https://wwww.cem.va.gov.  To make burial arrangements at any VA national cemetery, call the National Cemetery Scheduling Office at (800) 535-1117.

Thank you for your cooperation,
The National Cemetery Administration

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

4:13 pm

In accordance with Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-18 and his Report to Re-open Texas, funeral services, burials and memorial services are included in the Minimum Standard Health Protocol for churches and places of worship. All gatherings at our facility will be limited to 40 family members and guests. Our chapel has been pre set to follow the recommended social distancing standard of six feet. Services at our facility may be recorded and live-streamed at no additional charge. We also encourage supporting families via online condolences on our web site.

We know this is a time of uncertainty for everyone and we want you to know that your safety is top of mind and that you can still support families and friends during a time of loss. We thank you in advance for placing your trust in our team.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

12:08 pm

To continue practicing social distancing and protect your family and our staff, we are asking all of your families to wear a mask prior to entering our facility and follow proper safety procedures. Families must sanitize their hands and maintain a six feet distance from our staff.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

10:58 am

In order to help our families during this time of the COIVD-19 pandemic, we built the "Stay at Home Arrangement Helper." 

If you have recently lost a loved one or will soon, our directors will conduct a phone conference with you to help guide and walk you through this journey. We are and will continue to be 100% dedicated to our families with the very best service and quality available in our community. 

Thursday, March 19, 2020

5:32 pm

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

6:19 pm

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

8:35 am

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]

FAQ's

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]