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(DISCLOSURE/DISCLAIMER by SCFDA)
Please find below the links from the Centers for Diseases Control ("CDC") as well as the National Funeral Directors Association ("NFDA") on the postmortem handling of COVID-19 decedents and/or their funeral services. These links may currently be found on the web site of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control ("SC DHEC") as well as additional information on FAQ (frequently asked questions) or Guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic also on the DHEC web site. In addition and very important as to the various Executive Orders of South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, please find/click here ( Executive Orders ), or you may locate/click the link below for these Orders from Governor McMaster.
It critically important in reading the CDC and NFDA Guidelines that any funeral home or funeral director working in South Carolina recognize and understand that these national guidelines from CDC and/or NFDA are expressly subject to any of the more stringent or more restrictive Orders which have been or may be issued from time to time by either Governor McMaster as well as any lawful orders issued, or which may be issued, by any local municipalities and counties, or their designated officials. In those matters where either the Orders of the Governor for state-wide matters, or the local municipalities or counties for local matters are already in place, or which may be updated, and those Orders in fact contain more restrictive or more stringent requirements than the national guidelines, then it is extremely important that legal deference be given to any more stringent South Carolina based and issued Orders from time to time.
In closing always ask first if in doubt, and always use Common Sense as the SCFDA adheres to its values of putting FAMILIES FIRST!
SC DHEC - Coroners F.A.Q. & Guidance: COVID-1
SC DHEC - Mass Gatherings COVID-19
CDC - Funeral Guidance for Individuals and Families
NFDA - Funerals and Visitations
NFDA - Technical Information COVID-19
For the complete list of Executive Orders issued by Governor McMaster during the COVID-19 pandemic, please see the link below.
Grieving the loss of a loved one during the fear and anxiety about the COVID-19 pandemic can be overwhelming. It may be difficult for people to make decisions about how to safely grieve and honor their loved one. This guidance is for individuals and families as they work with funeral directors, community and religious leaders, and others to plan and hold funeral services and visitations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
GUIDANCE FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES