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*A NOTE TO OUR BURIAL SOCIETY MEMBERS**
We ask that you all remain at your home and forgo coming into Irby-Mitchell Funeral Home to make an insurance payment for the next thirty (30) days. There are NO late fees and your coverage will NOT lapse. We are thinking of the health, safety and well-being of our valued customers and our staff members. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and anyone will be happy to assist you. 

UPDATED COVID-19 GUIDELINES AS OF MARCH 19, 2020

Your friends at Irby-Mitchell  Funeral Home want to express our continued gratitude to everyone in the community for the patience and understanding during these difficult times. We are doing our part by balancing the needs of our grieving families with the need to keep our staff and other members of the community safe. Please see the following statement from the Arkansas Funeral Directors Association:

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"The Arkansas Funeral Directors Association Board of Directors and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), advise following the guidelines on gatherings, and this includes those directly related to any funerals, visitations, or graveside services.

· We recommend that funeral homes continue to emphasize to families that funerals are subject to the CDC guidelines regarding gatherings – “All gatherings of ten (10) or more should be canceled, and/or only conducted with a limit of ten (10) or less people”. It is important to keep funerals limited to the most immediate family members and to the smallest gathering possible. 

· Work with families to confirm and plan a future memorial/celebration of life service

· Funeral homes should consider recommending that families only have graveside services at this time. These are outdoors and pose less risk for communicable viruses.

· Funeral homes should consider a ban on holding funerals at any other location besides the cemetery or the funeral home’s facility. This provides a control for disinfecting and limits third-party issues and factors outside of the control of the funeral home. 

· Funeral homes should consider saying to families that they will not publish visitation or service dates and times in obituaries at this time to limit non-family members from attending. 
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For the safety of all those we serve, we believe it necessary to follow the guidelines recommended by the CDC as well as State and Federal Governments.

Finally, this unprecedented period is rapidly unfolding and we are diligently working to cooperate with government restrictions to ensure the needs of our families are being met. Our funeral directors and staff are front lines, service professionals. Grief does not take a day off and we will be here for you! Your cooperation in this matter is deeply appreciated as we all make little sacrifices to protect and care for those we love.

Billy R. Curl

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