Wednesday, March 18, 2020

An Update from Jim O'Donnell

Due to updated Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, the O'Donnell family of Life Celebration homes will be providing small, private services for families with the option to hold a public life celebration at a later date. Currently all business gatherings are limited to 10 people to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We thank you for your patience and understanding in these extraordinary circumstances.

James J. O'Donnell

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

A message from Jimmy O’Donnell regarding the “new normal” during the coronavirus pandemic

In times of uncertainty and crisis one might wonder what to do at the loss of a loved one…and as family and friends, how do we show support given the inability to attend services?

For the family…call us. We know what to do. We will take care of your loved one and will meet with you via telephone, email and in person as the need arises. We will help you plan services. You can have a visitation and a funeral. Any public notices will say that funeral services are private. You will have the ability to invite people to be present with you; however, at no time can more than twenty-five people gather at one time. We will plan no more than one service per day in our facility to ensure that exposure to others is minimized. As new information becomes available protocols may change.

For everybody else…telephone your family member or friend who has suffered a loss so that they know that they are not alone. Offer words of love and support and a virtual hug…drop something delicious by the house and have a very brief visit…leave a condolence on the funeral home website…make a donation to the suggested charity…send a card or flowers or have a Mass said…remain in touch…and above all else…say prayers for the deceased and their family. These gifts of sympathy and charity are beyond measure and will give the family the courage they need to face a new day.

I have seen countless times when the good people of Hannibal and the surrounding communities have rallied together and lifted broken hearts and held them close and helped to heal them. No doubt, that will continue.

James J. O’Donnell