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March 23, 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, private family service with possibly 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 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.
  • 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.
  • For the last few days, we have been acquiring equipment and we believe we are now capable of live streaming services to our Facebook page if asked to do so by a family.

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 everyone for doing their part to help one another during this time.

Kelly and Bonnie Hyke

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