In order for West Gate Funeral Home to protect the families that we serve, the community we love and our staff, we will be following the Center for Disease Control (CDC), state and local government guidelines for crowds/gatherings. The CDC reduced the maximum number of people allowed in any crowd or gathering to ten (10) people. Due to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), the service has been restricted to immediate family and/or selected extended family members only. Working together with your family, and because of the CDC's reduction of crowd size, the viewing prior to funeral service will also be restricted in size and scope.
Also, all attendees will also be expected to follow the CDC guidelines for social distancing. This means you should not be closer than six feet (6’) to any other person in attendance, there should also be no customary handshaking or hugging. This is for your safety. This is for the safety of the family. This is for the safety of everyone we will come in contact with once we leave to go our separate ways. We know these constraints are unpleasant, difficult and sometimes painful to bear.
Please help us keep your family, our staff, and community as safe as possible. We thank you for your cooperation. May God bless and keep you.
COVID-19 Funeral Assistance (FEMA)
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many families. At FEMA, our mission is to help people before, during and after disasters. We are dedicated to helping ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the virus.
Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.
We are working with stakeholder groups to get their input on ways we can best provide this assistance, and to enlist their help with outreach to families and communities. FEMA will begin to implement COVID-19 funeral assistance in April.
Additional guidance is being finalized and will be released to potential applicants and community partners as soon as possible. In the meantime, people who have COVID-19 funeral expenses are encouraged to keep and gather documentation.