COVID Funeral Protocols

Alternatives for Families
As a funeral director, you are dedicated to assisting families in paying meaningful tribute to their loved ones while also guaranteeing the safety of their family and friends. If federal, state, or municipal regulations limit the size of public meetings, you might provide the following alternatives:

Only invite intimate relatives and/or close friends to a private screening.

The funeral should be postponed and held at a later date. If you pick this option, talk about your alternatives for final disposition.

Hold a private viewing for immediate family and/or close friends, followed by a huge memorial ceremony for all family and friends.

Discuss the possibility of webcasting the funeral so that others may watch it from their own homes (see webcasting information below for additional information)

If a family is able to participate in a small service, please remind them of CDC recommendations, such as encouraging those who are ill or at risk (e.g., elderly, immune-compromised) to stay at home; and practicing healthy habits such as social distancing, hand hygiene, cough and sneeze covering, and so on.

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To all the families who have supported and put their trust in me over the last 40 years as a licensed funeral director/embalmer there are some exciting changes coming.

I will be moving from Bensenville to a bigger office at 1199 S, Arlington Heights Road in Elk Grove Village. My office will be situated in Grove Memorial Chapel, one of the many chapels to better serve and accommodate my families with their funeral concerns and needs.

I will also be able to conveniently meet you at your residence or one of the many funeral homes that I am associated with in the Northern Suburbs and Chicagoland areas.

I am available 24/7 by phone or if you would like to make an appointment please call Jim “Jimmy” Geils at J Geils Funeral Services NOT Geils Funeral Home at 630 247-6623 or email me at to discuss any of your questions. Please visit my website at

Thank you for your trust and continued support
James W. Geils