For Immediate Release: November 20, 2020

Quernheim Funeral Home Is Prepared to Safely Care For Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Waterloo, IL – Quernheim Funeral Home remains committed and prepared to safely care for the families it serves during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Whenever possible, Quernheim Funeral Home will continue to enable families to participate in the rituals that are most important to them.

And 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.

At Quernheim Funeral Home we recognize our responsibility to protect the health of those we are privileged to serve. We will continue to guide families, as we always have, in ways they can meaningfully commemorate the life of their loved one, while adhering to the guidance issued by federal, state and local public health officials.

Our staff remains vigilant about cleaning our facilities and ensuring we’re all following recommended healthy habits, such as staying home when sick, washing our hands, and covering coughs and sneezes. The CDC and our state and local public health officials have offered a lot of helpful guidance for businesses on this topic, which we continue to follow.

UPDATE: Phase 4 of Restore Illinois - 02/05/2021

"Meetings and social events are limited to the the lesser of 50 people or 50% room capacity. Multiple groups may meet in the same facility if they are socially distanced and in separate rooms"    ~ Illinois Department of Public Health

This enables us to host and direct funerals and visitations with 50 or less people at the funeral home.

We will continue to closely monitor the federal, state, and local recommendations on how to best handle the evolving nature of this situation and adapt as necessary to best serve our community.

If we can be of any assistance, please contact us at 618-939-6121 or email us at

- Quernheim Funeral Home

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