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COVID-19 UPDATE: EFFECTIVE JUNE 26, 2020

Funeral Services with 100 people 

Or up to Two-Thirds Capacity

As part of Arkansas’ effort to continue reopening safely, AFDA has some updated guidelines for funeral services. We’ve worked closely together with the Arkansas Department of Health to adjust these guidelines and will continue to do so. The approved plan for funeral homes allows that all funeral homes may hold services with up to 100 guest following standard, state-wide directives.

In addition, if your venue or any venue you might hold a funeral in will accommodate more than 150 people then you can exceed the 100 person rule above and permit up to two-thirds (66%) capacity by following the plan found below. The plan has been updated to reflect this and importantly, you should note that you are no longer required to leave every other row of seating unoccupied, but instead there must simply be 6-foot distances maintained between family groups.

This ruling holds for all indoor services, whether at a funeral home chapel or a place of worship. 

 Outdoor gatherings, e.g. graveside services, do not have a strict numerical limit, but 6-foot distances should be maintained between family groups.

To Summarize:

•You may hold services with 100 people, or with 2/3 (66%) capacity if you adhere to the state’s approved plan for funeral homes. 

•You no longer have to skip a row of seating, so long as six foot social distancing is maintained.

ADH – Approved Plan 


Social Distancing  

While permitted to sit in family groups, all individuals present will be required to sit 6-feet apart from other family groups. In addition, a 12-foot distance will be maintained between those leading the service and the congregation. 

Members of the public who are part of the service, including but not limited to those reading eulogies, 

will maintain 6-foot distances from other members of the public and 12-foot distances from funeral home staff. 

Guests will be asked to maintain social distancing from the family when offering their condolences. 

A member of the funeral home staff will accompany the immediate family to assist with social distancing and to direct the flow of traffic. 


Visitations 

All rules for the funeral service also apply to the visitations. 

Consequently, funeral homes should keep visitations limited to the smallest gathering of family members possible.


Entrances & Exits

Entrances and exits will be kept clear and managed by funeral home staff between services to ensure that different groups do not come into contact with one another at there and other choke points in the facility. 

In the event of multiple groups trying to enter/exit at the same time, the group in the facility will leave first and only once the entrance is clear will the second group enter. 

 No gatherings will be permitted at entrances and exits and lines will be marked to maintain 6-foot distancing between family groups in these areas.

Hand sanitizer stations will be positioned at all entrances and exits.


Personal Protective Equipment

Face masks are required for ALL attending. (10 years old and up)

Anyone passing or receiving any items (e,g, microphones, certificates or mementos) will wear gloves

No physical contact will be permitted between mourners and the decedent, when it is suspected or confirmed that the decedent was positive for Covid-19 at the time of death.


Refusing or Advising Persons Against Entry 

Signs will be posted at all entrances advising the public not to enter if 

They have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell 

They have had known exposure to someone with Covid-19 in the past 14 days. 

    Advising the public that they may wish to refrain from entering if they are 65 years of age or older 

They have underlying health conditions including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, severe obesity, asthma or weakened immunity


General Overview & Staffing

The funeral home must keep on file and be able to display upon request the total square footage and total seating capacity of its chapel/venue for holding funerals 

The funeral home shall advise families of the total permissible number of mourners permitted in the facility at one time and will post the rules and total permissible capacity in plain sight for the public to see. 

The funeral home will use good judgment in ensuring that there is a sufficient amount of staff present to encourage compliance with the directive. 

Funeral homes must create a record of all attendees of each funeral service and keep a copy of said record for 30 days following the service. 

It will be made available to the Arkansas Department of Health upon request. 


Cleaning 

The facility, including seating, shall be cleaned and disinfected before and after each use. Frequently touched surfaces 

(e.g podiums and microphones) shall be cleaned periodically during the course of the event, using EPA-approved antiviral products.

Delancey-Murphy Funeral Home

About Us


Our Story

Delancey-Murphy Funeral Home’s story began many years ago in Lepanto, Arkansas. J.E. Murphy, Sr., ran a hardware store in Lepanto. During the flu epidemic of 1918, so many lives were lost that he ordered pre-built caskets that were sent by rail. As the caskets came in, people would come to the railway station and sign a tablet indicating how many caskets they received. From this humble beginning, Murphy Funeral Home has grown from visitation in the hardware store and homes, to a complete full service funeral home in Lepanto, Arkansas. The building, which is still in use today, was completed in 1967.  

In time, Murphy Funeral Home established a second location in Marked Tree, Arkansas, eventually moving into the Hancock house. In 1976 Murphy Funeral Home's new building was completed in Marked Tree. The funeral home is three generations old, and is still going strong serving the communities and will be for years to come. Murphy Funeral Homes were established to serve to our communities and all of Northeast Arkansas striving to do the very best for all your funeral needs. 

Jack Foote  dedicated 72 years working for Murphy Funeral Home.  He then continued working for Delancey-Murphy Funeral Home in 2018.  Jack went to be with the Lord on July 4, 2018.  He was our go to guy and our rock.  He knew everything about everybody from where they were buried to dates of their funerals.  There's not to much Mr. Jack Foote didn't know.  He was a great asset to our business and community.  He will never be forgotten and he is truly missed.  His wife, Sadie and their two daughters hold a very dear place in our hearts.  

Kara Delancey Freeman joined Murphy Funeral Home in April 14, 2014 as Office Manager.  December 17, 2015, Greg Delancey took over the day to day operations of the funeral homes. Greg has thirty years of experience in the funeral industry and he believes everyone deserves to have their life honored with a funeral service.

On January 9, 2018, Greg Delancey, wife Lesa Delancey, daughter, Kara Delancey Freeman and son, Evan Delancey became owners of Delancey-Murphy Funeral Home in Lepanto and Marked Tree. 

Greg and Lesa have been married for 35 years. Greg graduated from Mid-America College of Mortuary Science in Jeffersonville, Indiana in 1988.  Lesa has taken the position as the Office Manager at the Marked Tree location. She is a 2004 graduate from ANC with her Associates of Arts. Kara is married to Edward (Lulu) Freeman, and they have 1 son,  Eli.  Kara is General Manager of Delancey-Murphy Funeral Home.  She is a licensed Funeral Director and licensed Cosmetologist.  Evan is married to Lauren Nichols Delancey.  Evan graduated from ASU in 2017 with his Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences.  He now attends NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

Delancey-Murphy Funeral Home is still a family owned and operated business and we consider everyone who walks through our doors family.  We are here to help all families.

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