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Winnifred "Winnie" Lesick
D: 2021-01-05
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Lesick, Winnifred "Winnie"
Fred Andrusiak
D: 2021-01-16
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Andrusiak, Fred
Anne Sparks
D: 2021-01-16
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Sparks, Anne
Michael Stewart Payne
B: 1965-04-16
D: 2021-03-29
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Payne, Michael Stewart
Rudy Stuike
D: 2021-04-01
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Stuike, Rudy
Virginia Bilak
B: 1933-05-07
D: 2021-04-05
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Bilak, Virginia
Dmytro Chernezky
D: 2021-04-06
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Chernezky, Dmytro
Angelo Giacobbo
D: 2021-03-29
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Giacobbo, Angelo
Grace Hiemstra
B: 1931-03-14
D: 2021-03-31
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Hiemstra, Grace
Michael Lipka
B: 1948-10-12
D: 2021-03-31
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Lipka, Michael
Rose Marie Nardelli
D: 2021-04-03
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Nardelli, Rose Marie
Dino Cuglietta
D: 2021-04-03
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Cuglietta, Dino
Sherry Anne MacRobert
D: 2021-03-24
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MacRobert, Sherry Anne
Audrey Eva Skerry
D: 2021-03-31
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Skerry , Audrey Eva
Carmella Mollame
D: 2021-04-04
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Mollame, Carmella
Genevieve Sherman
D: 2021-04-02
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Sherman, Genevieve
Antonio Sacco
B: 1932-11-05
D: 2021-03-24
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Sacco, Antonio
Nestor Bill Lakusta
D: 2021-03-30
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Lakusta, Nestor Bill
Walter Moroz
D: 2021-03-24
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Moroz, Walter
Betty Marion Darbyson
D: 2021-03-27
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Darbyson, Betty Marion
Alice Mary Kother (nee Dixon)
D: 2021-03-26
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Kother (nee Dixon), Alice Mary

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Covid-19 Updates


Park Memorial Updates and
How Covid-19 Affects Funerals

‚ÄčTo our Families and their Guests:

As of August 1, 2020, City of Edmonton Bylaws require the use of masks for all  individuals in public indoor premises including businesses. Safety is our priority for the famiies we serve, their guests at funerals and our staff, therefore our internal policy is to only allow those people in who are wearing a mask. This means that ALL guests of Park Memorial's Edmonton location must wear a mask while on our premises, when attending funerals off-site, as well as when riding in our Park Memorial fleet of vehicles. The same is true of Park Memorial locations in other
areas of the province.

Our mask supply is such that we can ensure that our staff are outfitted with appropriate PPE , but not enough to provide masks for all visitors to our funeral home.

Please note that all families and individuals coming to make funeral arrangements, coming to drop off items and personal effects in preparation for their loved one's funeral, and all who come to attend a funeral must arrive with their own mask.

You will be asked to sanitize your hands upon entry into the funeral home. Hand sanitizer is also available upon entry to and exit from the chapel. It is also available in many other areas throughout our different facilities. 

Constant cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and high-touch areas and the use of high quality air filters continues to be an ongoing part of our day to ensure the safety of everyone in our building.

We know you want to be present to comfort your loved ones and grieve together, but if you are feeling any signs of illness, you have been in recent contact with someone who has or had Covid, or you have traveled in the past 14 days, we ask that you do not enter the funeral home. 

Provincial updates that affect funerals are posted
by date, below. 

Thank you.

 

Park Memorial Funeral Home responds to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Life in our community certainly has changed over the last year.  In every facet of our society, we are all adjusting to a new way of life.  While the health of our team members and the families we serve remain our top priority, we also accept our ongoing responsibility to support our community during this time of need.  Both provincial and federal governments have designated our business as an essential service, and as such, we remain open and ready to provide service for our families and our community in this time of need.

The message that every one of our team members would like to communicate to you is this: “We are open and here to support you by delivering the high-quality services your families have come to expect – regardless of the circumstances.”

While the approach we may use in delivering services today is slightly different than what we have done in the past, families can continue to count on us to use all of our resources to help them memorialize their loved ones in the most respectful and caring way.

To help reinforce physical distancing guidelines, we can use a variety of ways for families to make arrangements while not being present in the building. Where funeral gathering numbers must remain limited, we offer both recorded services and webcasting services so that extended families and friends can still participate and pay their respects.

Important updates on restrictions and recommendations from AHS and the AB Government can be read below, and are dated for your convenience. 

Because the health and safety of our team members and communities are our top priority, we continually re-evaluate our policies and procedures to comply with all regulatory mandates. That way, we can ensure that every team member is equipped with the appropriate personal protective equipment and our facilities remain safe and welcoming spaces.  

We have a great sense of pride and ownership in the community we serve. This world-wide public health crisis only strengthens that commitment and our desire to continue to serve families with the same high levels of care and dedication. While our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families, friends, and communities impacted by Coronavirus, please know that we are here to help you navigate this very trying time. We will get through this together.  

The Team at Park Memorial Funeral Home


January 18, 2021 - The provincial restrictions that govern funeral attendance have eased slightly in order to allow for a maximum of 20 guests to attend indoor and outdoor funeral services. Our funeral home professionals and staff, clergy, and event organizers who are not considered an invited guest, are not included in the 20. Receptions are still restricted from taking place.

We hope that this will ease a little of the burdens that have been placed on bereaved families during the pandemic and will help to decrease the stress of trying to decide who will be able to attend and who will not.

Our focus remains on the safety of the families that we serve, our staff family, and our community. Guests will still be required to be masked at all times, and seated within their household/cohort groups. They will also be required to stay distanced from those outside of their cohort groups. 

We continue to be here for you... to look after the families we serve and to find new and creative ways to help during such challenging times. 
 


November 24, 2020 --- A state of public health emergency has been declared in Alberta. EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, the maximum number of people allowed at a funeral is 10.

This maximum number includes the officiant. Funeral home staff and organizers are not part of the maximum number of 10. We are awaiting clarification on who "organizers"  includes (for example: whether a cantor, soloist, musician, etc. are included in the 10 or not). Receptions/luncheons are not allowed at this time. These restrictions will be in effect for at least the next three weeks. 

Family members and guests who are not part of the same household will still be required to maintain a distance of 2 metres / 6 feet from one another.

The safety of the families that we serve, our staff team, and our community continue to be our highest priority. We empathize with our bereaved families at the impact that these restrictions have on their ability to mourn and grieve together, as well as to receive the hugs and comfort of family and friends. One of the ways that we are helping to connect our families with their loved ones is through our live-streaming services which remain complimentary through the pandemic. We know that nothing replaces a hug, but we have seen and experienced that connection is still possible via the gift of technology.

Please see the link below for more specific information on these latest restrictions:

https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx
 


November 12, 2020 --- EEffective November 13th, funeral ceremonies in Edmonton and all areas of the province that are in a "watch" mode, meaning they are under enhanced covid measures, are to be restricted to 50 people. This includes services in our Edmonton chapel, as well as all graveside services. Funerals held in faith-based venues are being restricted to 1/3 capacity of that specific venue.

We understand that this brings additional difficulties for many families. We will continue to offer live-streaming at no charge to help bring connection to those wanting to support their family and friends who have lost a loved one, and we will do whatever else we can to support you. 

We know this may bring forth further questions, and we are available to answer your questions about funerals and Covid at any time.

Please see the link below for more specific information on these latest restrictions.

https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx
 


October 27, 2020 --- Effective immediately, social gatherings in Edmonton have been restricted to 15 people or less. This does not impact funerals / farewell ceremonies, but it does impact the receptionsand uncheons that follow. Please note that we will be complying with these new restricitons We apologize for any inconvenience caused by these changes. Our Park Memorial team continues to serve bereaved families to our highest standard and capability within this landscape of change.
 


August 15, 2020 — We are pleased to announce the re-opening of our Reception Centre, as per AHS guidelines, which is available for gatherings of up to 50 people following a service. Please contact us to find out what safe options we have for you at this time. When attending a reception, we ask that you continue to wear your mask until you are seated at a table.


June 12, 2020 — The Province of Alberta is currently allowing a maximum of 100 people at a funeral, as long as they can be physically distanced appropriately.

Park Memorial’s Edmonton chapel will allow for up to 100 people who are physically distanced, which includes the officiant, funeral home staff, any other individuals who are assisting with the service, as well as family and friends. Our rural locations will only allow for smaller numbers on-site.

Every church or funeral venue will have different guest allowances based on their size and spacing ability. Our staff will have to check with each venue to see how many people will be allowed to attend. Mausoleums and cemeteries have their own number restrictions as well, which may be different than what is allowed in the funeral venue. We must adhere to the number restrictions of every venue and cemetery as they determine them.

At the time of arrangements, the funeral director you meet with will be able to discuss options such as, recording and/or live streaming the service so that others can be part of the ceremony. We provide this service at no charge to the family. 

Physical distancing must remain in practice in order to keep the families we serve safe, as well as our own staff. We know this may seem confusing to navigate and we are here to assist you through every step. 

Unfortunately, we are still unable to host any receptions in our Reception Centre for the foreseeable future.

Our cleaning and safety protocols remain as stringent as ever, as public health and that of our own staff family remains our priority. We wash our hands/sanitize regularly, we clean and sanitize the building and high-touch surfaces multiple times a day, we use professional quality air filters to help purify the air, we have hand sanitizer in many locations through the building, and we will provide surgical masks for pallbearers who must be in close physical proximity to each other while carrying a casket. 

Park Memorial is still here for you, seven days a week, to help your family during these most difficult times. We know that Covid-19 has changed the way we are able to grieve, making it even harder to bear a loss. Although we may not be able to give hugs, we are here to support you in any way we can.


May 14, 2020 --- The restrictions around funeral gatherings have changed to allow for up to 50 people at a funeral or 1/3 of the venue capacity, whichever is smaller, and whichever ensures that physical distancing will be maintained.

Park Memorial’s Edmonton chapel will allow for up to 50 people who are physically distanced, which includes the officiant, funeral home staff, any other individuals who are assisting with the service, as well as family and friends. Our rural locations will only allow for smaller numbers on-site.

Every church or funeral venue will have different guest allowances based on their size and spacing ability. Our staff will have to check with each venue to see how many people will be allowed to attend. Mausoleums and cemeteries have their own number restrictions as well, which may be different than what is allowed in the funeral venue. We must adhere to the number restrictions of every venue and cemetery as they determine them.

At the time of arrangements, the funeral director you meet with will be able to discuss options such as, recording and/or live streaming the service so that others can be part of the ceremony. We provide this service at no charge to the family. 

Physical distancing must remain in practice in order to keep the families we serve safe, as well as our own staff. We know this may seem confusing to navigate and we are here to assist you through every step. 

Unfortunately, we are still unable to host any receptions in our Reception Centre for the foreseeable future.

Our cleaning and safety protocols remain as stringent as ever, as public health and that of our own staff family remains our priority. We wash our hands/sanitize regularly, we clean and sanitize the building and high-touch surfaces multiple times a day, we use professional quality air filters to help purify the air, we have hand sanitizer in many locations through the building, and we will provide surgical masks for pallbearers who must be in close physical proximity to each other while carrying a casket. 

Park Memorial is still here for you, seven days a week, to help your family during these most difficult times. We know that Covid-19 has changed the way we are able to grieve, making it even harder to bear a loss. Although we may not be able to give hugs, we are here to support you in any way we can.


April 15, 2020 -- The Alberta Funeral Services Regulatory Board (AFSRB) has clarified that the maximum number of 15 people allowed at mass gatherings now includes all of the following: the clergy/celebrant, the funeral staff required to run the service, musicians or other people taking part in the service, as well as the family and friends attending the service. All of these people combined together at the service CANNOT EXCEED 15 in number.

As detailed in the March 27th update below, our team of dedicated funeral professionals remains committed to helping families plan a private farewell following the death of a loved one, while using technology to assist in sharing services wherever and however we can. Families who entrust Park Memorial Funeral Home with caring for their loved one can expect modified business practices while working within Covid-19 restrictions, while maintaining our usual level of superior customer service.

Families with questions or concerns about funeral planning are encouraged to contact Park Memorial Funeral Home, Edmonton by calling 780-426-0050 or toll-free at 1-877-426-0050, or emailing to: info@parkmemorial.com.


March 27, 2020 -- The Province of Alberta has further restricted the number of people allowed to gather, from 50 people, to no more than 15 people. This includes funerals.

Park Memorial is still here to serve you and we are available 7 days/week. We will be proceeding with small  visitations and funerals comprised of no more than 15 people at one time. Physical distancing must remain in practice in order to keep the families we serve safe, as well as our own staff. 

We continue to offer families the option to record the funeral whereby they can choose to privately share the recording with whom they choose. Park Memorial can also livestream the funeral for families, whereby extended family and friends who are not able to attend, may watch the service live. 

We understand this creates further complications for famiies who want to gather together to express their grief over the loss of a loved one. We will be diligently working with you, our families, to determine the ways in which we can best make this work for you.


March 17, 2020 --- The province of Alberta has declared a PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY as of 2pm today. Under the new rules, and EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, any gathering of more than 50 people must be cancelled immediately. This includes funerals. 

Therefore, effective immediately, we can only allow 50 quests to be in attendance for funeral services whether in our facilities or elsewhere, which includes family members. As well, we will be unable to host any receptions in our Reception Centre for the forseeable future. 

We are now required to use “social distancing” for people in our facilities and elsewhere. The provincial gathering restrictions now also apply to places of worship. Before we arrange services in a church, we will be required to confer with them as some are still allowing small gatherings or 50 or less to take place. Others are not.

If you require assistance in planning a funeral, our funeral directors will walk through the various things we can do to assist, such as planning a private funeral by invitation only, and webcasting / live streaming the service to others, and/or making a recording of the funeral. 

We remain committed to being able to provide services to our families who are experiencing a loss. We also want to reassure you that we have a number of ways to communicate, share information and provide services to you. Should you find it more convenient or preferable to reach us via phone, email, text messaging, or through Facetime, Skype or other online video application, we will do our best to help meet your needs. Please call us for more info at 780-426-0050. 


March 13, 2020 --- The health, safety and well-being of our families, funeral attendees and staff are our first priority. As COVID-19 concerns increase in Alberta, we want to assure you that Park Memorial is taking proactive measures to help prevent the spread of any potential illness.

We have been closely monitoring and receiving critical information from Alberta Health Services (AHS), Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), Centre for Disease Control (CDC), as well as National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), Funeral Service Association of Canada (FSAC), Alberta Funeral Service Association (AFSA), and other relevant agencies in order to ensure we are kept aware of and aligned with best practices.

Park Memorial is continuing to thoroughly clean and disinfect our buildings using industry-approved health care grade products. In addition to the standard funeral home cleaning and disinfecting, we have taken additional measures to pay particular attention to all high-touch surfaces within the funeral home. Our Edmonton office is equipped with fresh air fans to bring fresh air circulating into the building. We have also purchased IQAir filters that use HyperHEPA, which is effective against particles 100x smaller than what ordinary filters can stop. They also have a virus and bacterial removal efficiency of greater than 99.5 percent. Additional units will be added in the coming week.

We have also increased our hand sanitizer placement around the funeral home for use by families and funeral attendees, each staff member is being provided their own pocket hand sanitizer, and staff members are being reminded about frequent hand washing.

Park Memorial wants to reassure families that we are here to assist them in caring for their loved ones and we will continue to arrange funeral services during these uncertain times. Funerals help us process our most profound thoughts and feelings, while making a significant difference in helping us channel our grief toward healing.

On March 12th, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced that Alberta is asking organizers to cancel any events that have more than 250 attendees, and to limit gatherings to only 50 people if that group will include seniors.

In consultation with various agencies and carefully considering Dr. Hinshaw’s announcement, Park Memorial wants to reassure families that we will currently continue to provide the opportunity to gather and remember a loved one and proceed with funeral services as we know this is an important step in the healing process. 

Going forward, this means that we will be thoughtfully discussing funeral planning with each family to determine their needs, while also working to protect the health, safety and well-being of all involved.

All funeral arrangements can be made via telephone and email should a family not be able to visit us in person. We have taken steps to limit the number of family members who physically come in to make arrangements. We are asking additional questions of families about their own health and the health of their deceased loved one. And this may also mean that some funerals must be limited to small numbers or become private events. We will also work to apply social distancing, with regard to seating at funerals, as best we can. Some families may also choose to proceed with burial or cremation now and to hold a gathering at a later date.

Our own caterer is adhering to strict Alberta Health and Public Health Act regulations and codes in preparing food for our receptions. We are also restricting food that families can bring into our Reception Centre to only food from caterers who prepare food in an authorized, commercial kitchen. This catered food must be delivered directly to Park Memorial so that food handling is kept to a minimum.

We are also providing the option to families to videotape or livestream from our funeral homes so that those family or friends at home are still able to view the service.

From what we know, public health risk associated with COVID–19 is still considered to be low for Canada. To date, there are no known cases where the virus has been transmitted from one person to another at a funeral home, or from a deceased body.

However, should you be feeling ill at all, are immune-compromised or live with someone who may be, we encourage you at this time to think about staying home and expressing your condolences in other ways.

We know that things are changing on a daily basis, and we will provide you with up to date information as it becomes available. Please keep in mind that our recommendations and policies around COVID-19 safety may continue to evolve as the situation changes locally.

Park Memorial will work to continue being a pillar of comfort and compassion in our community as we all move through this sensitive and uncertain time together. We are committed to providing our bereaved families and grieving communities a safe, healthy, professional and compassionate environment to honour their loved ones, while also keeping our own family of staff, and others, safe.

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