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January 2021:  We will be allowing visitations at this time, but masks and social distancing are required. 

November 2020:  Due to the increased cases of COVID-19 in our area and our concern for the families we serve, the community, and our staff, we will not be hosting any services at the funeral home for the time being.  We are unable to offer the recommended social distancing for groups of people and believe it is safer for families to use the larger, church facilities.  Please note that churches are not providing any lunches or refreshments during the pandemic.  

September 2020:  The City of Redfield has lifted all Covid-19 restrictions.  However, we will continue to follow guidelines put forth by each town and/or church in which we are working and those recommendations each family is comfortable with.  

July 13, 2020:  We will continue to assist each family and what they are comfortable with during the pandemic while following the current guidelines in place. 

Please note that the City of Redfield Covid-19 ordinance states:

2. Every person in the City of Redfield shall follow the recommended CDC hygiene practices as they appear now or maybe amended and which currently include, but are not limited to: 

A. washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;

B. using sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol when soap and water is unavailable;

C. avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth;

D. avoiding close contact with those who are sick;

E. staying at home as much as possible;

F. keeping a minimum of 6 feet separation between yourself and others;

G. covering your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others, even when not feeling sick, and particularly when in public (except in cases where the CDC or a medical professional has advised differently); and 

H. cleaning frequently touched surfaces daily.

Particular importance is placed upon staying home as much as possible, maintaining 6 feet of separation, wearing a cloth face cover in public, and washing/sanitizing hands. 

3. No person in the City of Redfield shall participate in a gathering of 10 or more people unless all participants maintain at least 6 feet of separation at all times. For gatherings of 10 or more that include participants who are within 6 feet of each other, the participants shall utilize a cloth face cover over the nose and mouth.  

May 27, 2020:  Information from the CDC and National Funeral Directors Association that we will have posted at the funeral home and/or churches or places of service:

Despite the impact of the current coronavirus crisis and the profound disruption it has caused to our daily lives, please know that this firm remains committed to helping families, relatives, and friends say farewell to their loved ones as meaningfully as possible. 

To that end, this facility has taken the following steps to balance the needs of mourners and guests with the recommended precautions communicated to us by the CDC and the National Funeral Directors Association:

Facility Care

• We routinely perform environmental cleaning/sanitizing throughout this facility, such as countertops, doorknobs, bathrooms, tabletops, chairs, pews, and all other frequently touched surfaces. 

• We provide disposable sanitizing wipes throughout our facility to clean surfaces before/after touching/using them.

• We provide CDC-recommended hand sanitizers (≥60% alcohol content) throughout this facility, but recommend hand-washing when possible. 

• We provide disposable tissues throughout our facility so guests can cover sneezes and coughs, as well as a greater number of trash receptacles to immediately dispose of used tissues. 

• We discourage our staff from using other’s work tools, such as phones, desks, offices or other equipment, whenever possible. 

• We ask staff to follow social-distancing guidelines and to stay home if feeling sick.

How You Can Help Today

• Foremost, if you have a fever, experience a persistent cough, and/or have difficulty breathing, then please do not attend today's service and instead consult your physician. 

• Follow social-distancing guidelines:

     ~ Do not kiss, hug or shake hands with other attendees

     ~ Remain at least six feet from others at all times

• Wash your hands frequently and/or use a provided hand sanitizer.

• Sneeze or cough into a tissue and immediately toss the used tissue into a trash receptacle. (If you don’t have a tissue, then please sneeze or cough into the crook of your elbow instead of your hand.) We also ask that you please wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after disposing of your tissue. 

• During today’s visitation and/or service, please choose a seat that follows social-distancing guidelines. We have deliberately spaced our chairs/seating areas farther apart than normal and/or placed signs in fixed-seating spaces (pews, benches, etc.) to conform to the current recommended social-distancing guidelines. 

• Please know that while the CDC has said there is no COVID-19 risk posed by the body of someone who has died, it recommends not touching, kissing, or having direct contact with the body of your loved one. 

Keep the Faith

Throughout history, human beings have still managed to conduct the rites, rituals, and services necessary to honor and remember their beloved dead during challenging times.

Therefore, despite the difficulties we now face, both personally and professionally, never doubt that, together, we will all get through this, for this too shall pass.

Thank you for following the above guidelines today and, more importantly, for granting those most affected by this loss with the gift of your support.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact a staff member for assistance.  Thank you.


Posted on March 23, 2020, and updated April 9, 2020:

During this unprecedented time, the health and safety of the families and communities we serve, as well as our staff, are of utmost importance. We constantly monitor the guidelines released by the CDC, the State of South Dakota, local government agencies, the National Funeral Directors Association, and the South Dakota Funeral Directors Association.

“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; however, federal, state and local public health guidance may impact the size of gathering a family is able to plan. Depending on a family’s preferences, their loved one can be safely embalmed. Families may choose either burial or cremation as usual.”

As recommended by the above agencies, we have initiated the following steps to protect families and thus, help slow the spread of COVID-19:  

  • We will work with each family to arrange services based on these guidelines at the present time: 
    • A small (less than 10 people) private family service with a Clergy/Celebrant when possible. 
    • A public service held at a later date once it is deemed safe to do so by the CDC.  
    • A private, small (less than 10 people) family burial when possible.   
      • Right now, most of our area cemeteries remain closed but we are working closely with the sextons and gravediggers of these cemeteries for the safest way to proceed.  
  • We have closed our office, but, as always, we are available by phone (605-472-2444) every hour of every day.  Kelly will be working out of the funeral home and Bonnie will be working remotely from home. 
  • Our staff will not be working unless absolutely necessary and the decision to work will be completely at the discretion of our staff member and their family.
  • In January, we purchased a computer software program that would enable us the flexibility to work remotely with our out-of-town and out-of-state families if they desired. However, with the pandemic, we have fast-forwarded our training and are now able to offer remote arrangements to families planning their loved one’s funeral.
  • If requested by a family, we will be able to record services for family and friends to view. 

As a small, family-owned funeral home, we do appreciate your understanding and patience as we work to facilitate multiple new directives at once. Families may be assured that if called upon, we will always take care of their loved ones with the utmost respect and dignity.  We will do our best to serve each family with care, compassion, and professionalism during a very difficult time in an uncertain world.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns and we thank everybody for doing their part to help one another during this time.

Kelly and Bonnie Hyke

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