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   FAMILIES FIRST

South Carolina Funeral Directors Association
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PO Box 1350, 1156 Bowman Road, Ste 200
| Mt. Pleasant, SC 29465
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Tel: 843-881-3634
| Fax: 843-881-3659

COVID-19 Updates and Website Links

SCFDA Press Release: COVID-19 (03.18.2020)


"Putting Families First"

SCFDA Press Release: COVID-19 (03.30.2020)


"Prepared to Safely Care for Families"

SCFDA Summer Convention (04.22.2020)


*Letter of 122nd Summer Convention Postponement

(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! 

Website Links

SC Governor Henry McMaster - Executive Orders

For the complete list of Executive Orders issued by Governor McMaster during the COVID-19 pandemic, please see the link below.

EXECUTIVE ORDERS

Center for Disease Control and Prevention "CDC"

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.

FUNERAL GUIDANCE FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES

Vendor Offerings

*Please be advised, SCFDA has not vetted these offerings and therefore SCFDA disclaims any and all warranties, implied or expressed, as to the reliability or performance of any of the Vendors or their offerings herewith and herein.

All About Honor
We have PPE equipment available to our customers during this pandemic. Order soon to get products as quickly as possible.  
https://allabouthonor.geiger.com/search?q=coronavirus

American Mortuary Coolers is providing quick ship mortuary coolers. This includes walk-in sizes up to a 10 x 10 and all mobile 3 and 4 body uprights. https://mymortuarycooler.com/ 

AP Lazer/SuperNova is offering done-for-you social media content bundles- easily promote cremation memorials and other memorialization options. Each bundle includes 10-12 beautiful product photos and copy/paste social posts. Email: kristin@aplazer.com 

ASD knows that funeral directors will need to text with families more than ever right now. Through the remainder of 2020 ASD is extending the free trial of our collaborative texting tool, MobileFH┬« Texting. https://www.myasd.com/ 

Batesville is here to help with virtual arrangements, live streaming or recording, and helpful articles from Dr. Alan Wolfelt. Visit https://www.batesville.com/COVID19/ 

BBVA will be providing Payment Protection Loans to help their customers through this difficult time. https://www.bbva.com/en/us/ 

The NFDA Work/Life Resource Program (EAP) has experts to offer support day or night with a licensed counselor. To schedule a confidential appointment either via phone or through a video session, please contact Beacon Health Options at 1-888-656-8416 or visit www.achievesolutions.net/NFDA

Everdays helps your families invite relatives and friends via text message to gather online to honor and say goodbye to someone they loved - all at no cost. https://everdays.com/ 

Express Funeral Funding's Family Pay allows families to receive any amount of their insurance benefit within 24-48 hours of verification to help with sudden expenses. https://www.expressfuneralfunding.com/ 

FrontRunner is offering the following services to funeral homes:

  • * Free Facebook Page Setup * Fridays with FrontRunner Live Webinar
  • * Free 'Guide to Streaming Funerals Using Facebook Live'
  • * Online Arrangement Software, Video Condolences & Other Tool

funeralOne
Funeral professionals were the last in line for personal protection equipment... Until now. We fired up our dreamLab and assembled a team from all over the world who worked tirelessly to design, prototype and produce thousands of face shields in a matter of days. Request your free face shield.  https://www.funeralone.com/covid/  

Inman Shipping worldwide is working round the clock to stay abreast of continuing changes from airlines. We are advising to not set services until the remains have arrived at your funeral home. https://shipinman.com/ 

Legacy.com is here to help our funeral home partners and their families with emergency obit updates, remote funeral participation, and more.

LendingUSA knows that now, more than ever, families need flexibility and options to pay for the critical funeral services they need. They provide payment solutions that provide relief of financial stress on families. https://lendingusa.com/merchants/funeral/ 

Live Oak Bank is committed to helping small businesses navigate the COVID-19 loan relief options. The Paycheck Protection Program, part of the new CARES stimulus package, is a federal loan program aimed at helping small businesses who have been severely impacted by COVID-19. Paycheck Protection Program | Notifications from Live Oak Bank

Messenger can design, print and ship personalized stationery and keepsakes through their Signature service. Save 50% off your first Signature order and 10% off every Signature order until May 1st, 2020. Call them at 800-827-5151. https://www.messengerstationery.com/  *They also have 70% hand sanitizer gel available and basic masks. *Contact Paul Ambroselli for more information (ambroselli86@gmail.com)

NFDA Career Center offers coupon code nfda15 that will grant a one time use of 15% off any premium job listing on the career center. One coupon per user and no expiration date. Contact Evin O'Shea at evin@webscribble.com or call (855) 581-8334).

NGL is committed to the safety and well-being of our customers, agents and employees, Visit https://nglic.com/ for more information.

Nomis has a database that continues to be updated daily. Find the most current information at www.nomispublications.com.

Tukios has a Tribute Video system built to work remotely. Families can upload photos and videos directly to the video creator without having to come to the funeral home. Tukios can help funeral homes get recordings of their memorial services online for those unable to attend due to the pandemic. http://www.tukios.com/ 

TSYS offers a specially trained team working with our members in their mobile and online payment processing needs. They are offering members a free card reader ($99 value). Current merchants: 3 months of free fee when switching to a mobile solution during the pandemic. https://www.tsys.com/ 

The Wilbert Group helps funeral professionals with remote arrangements. The no-cost Wilbert simpliFi┬« burial vault presentation program can now be used online. 
https://www.wilbert.com/


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