Helping Families and Friends Honor Their Loved One

COVID-19 UPDATE
Thursday 9 April 2020

VIDEO STREAMING SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE FOR ALL SERVICES
HELD AT TRIBUTE FUNERAL SERVICES CHAPEL

Looking after and Caring for our Clients, Families and Staff.

Tribute Funeral Services is available to assist families following the death of a family member or friend, at this unprecedented time in Australia’s history.

Tribute Funeral Services is following the guidelines and directives of the Federal and Victorian State Government Health Authorities, while being aware of the emotional toll that organizing and coping with a Funeral Service at this time.

We trust that these measures will reduce the likelihood of spreading the COVID-19 virus, and still allow us to provide the best possible Service to our families that Tribute Funeral Services is renowned for within the Victorian Community and Funeral Industry, and the Independent Funeral Director of choice for Melbourne Families.

We have initiated the following processes to protect our families and friends, as well as our staff..

Meetings and Appointments

We are available to meet with family members to discuss and arrange Funeral Services, in our office, and request a limit of two (2) family members, in line with Australian Government recommendations, we will endeavor to maintain the 1.5 meter social separation spacing during the meeting, or we can arrange a phone call, if our families deem it necessary to limit face to face meetings.

Cleaning and hygiene

We have provided staff with the necessary hygiene equipment to ensure we are doing our best to safeguard against the rapid spread of COVID-19.

Our Chapel, Reception, Meeting rooms and associated amenities at Ravenhall (Deer Park/Caroline Springs area) will be cleaned between each service and meeting or other associated event.

Funeral Service Attendance and Participation

Traditionally Funeral Services see between 30 and 70 Family and Friends attend to pay their respects and to say their goodbyes, however in these extraordinary times, we are advising our families that we need to limit those attending a Funeral Services to Immediate Family Only, not only for the safety of our families, but also our Staff, Celebrants and Clergy.

Due to the new social distancing requirements dictated by the Federal Government for gathering of the general public for events while indoors or outdoors
Ten (10) Mourners Total are permitted to attend a Funeral Service.
These limits on persons also apply to Churches, Cemetery Chapels, Graveside and other venues that can be used for a Funeral Service.

For Services held in our Tribute Funeral Services Chapel, we are now offering Video Streaming for those who cannot attend the service in person, due to the Social Spacing Laws, travel restrictions, or personal safety, and the service can be viewed on a PC, Tablet/iPad or Smartphone.

For a more Personal Service, with Social Spacing Law compliance, of no more than 10 Mourners. For Services in our Funeral Home Chapel, we are offering to repeat the service for families with larger groups of ten (10) persons – Limited to ten (10) persons – over two or three hours, so that they can have that personal time to say their goodbyes. Please call for more information.

These measures are in line with Cemetery Trust venues across Melbourne through the Greater Metropolitan Cemetery Trust (GMCT) & Southern Metropolitan Cemetery Trust (SMCT)
Chapel capacity list.. with respect to the New Personal Space requirements.

Fawkner Memorial Park
Cordell chapel – 10 people
Joyce Chapel – 10 people
Crick Chapel – 10 people
Fawkner tea rooms – 10 people


Northern Memorial Park
Eden room – 10 people
Tanderra room – 10 people


Lilydale Memorial Park
Federation chapel – 10 people
Candlebark function room – 10 people


Altona Memorial Park
Chapel of repose – 10 people
Chapel of peace (functions only) – 10 people


SPRINGVALE BOTANICAL CEMETERY CHAPELS
Boyd – 10 people
Atrium – 10 people
Renowden – 10 people
Wilson – 10 people
Blair – 10 people
Witness Cremation Room at Springvale – 5 people
Function Room 10 People – (No Multi room bookings available


BUNURONG MEMORIAL PARK REFLECTION SPACES
Stratus – 10 People
Cumulus – 10 people
Status/Cumulus Combined – 10 people
Cirrus – 10 people
The Sanctuary – 10 people
Witness Cremation Room at Bunurong – 3 people
Function Room 10 People


Re-Published from dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus concerning current status and information for Victoria Stage 3 Restrictions

To reduce the risk of coronavirus virus spreading, employers and event organisers need to be aware of the new restrictions for indoor and outdoor gatherings.

The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) has recommended limits on organised

Victoria Stage 3 Restrictions

Key messages 

  • Stay home. Protect the health system. Save lives.
  • There are only four reasons to leave home: 
    • shopping for what you need – food and essential supplies 
    • medical, care or compassionate needs 
    • exercise in compliance with the public gathering requirements 
    • work and study if you can’t work or learn remotely 
  • We’re asking Victorians to stop looking for loopholes. The advice is clear, by staying at home you’re saving lives.
  • New COVID-19 resources have been developed to provide guidance to GPs and health services including chronic disease managementpalliative and end of life care, and advice for immunisations services. 
  • New mental health and wellbeing advice has been updated with a number of electronic resources available. 
  • A detailed FAQ on the stay at home directions has been developed and published on this site.

Current directions arising from the declared state of emergency

A range of restrictions are in place an include, staying at home, restrictions on particular activities, detention, restrictions on airports and cruise ships, aged care, hospitals and isolation.

These are defined in a list of Directions from the Chief Health Officer that are in effect and can be viewed viewed on this site.

Healthcare system

  • Doctors, nurses, midwives and mental health professionals can deliver temporary Medicare Benefits Schedule and Department of Veterans’ Affairs items via telehealth, provided those services are bulk billed.

Flu Vaccinations

  • All Victorians are encouraged to get their Flu Vaccination, now available from Pharmacies and GPs. The vaccination cannot protect you from COVID-19 but will ensure your immunity isn’t compromised further by contracting Influenza.
  • From 1 April, Victorian pharmacists can administer approved vaccinations outside of their normal location – through the mobile and outreach services of a hospital, pharmacy or pharmacy depot, increasing access to immunisations for all Victorians.
  • It is also easier for younger Victorians to get these immunisations from their local pharmacy. Appropriately trained pharmacists can now administer the flu shot to children 10 years of age and older.
  • Pharmacists will also be able to administer the measles-mumps-rubella, meningococcal ACWY and whooping cough-containing vaccines to people 15 years of age and older – protecting young people from deadly diseases that, combined with the threat of coronavirus, could overwhelm the state’s hospitals.

More information

Clinical information

Health services and general practice – coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Consumer information

About Coronavirus (COVID-19) – information for the general public

World Health Organization – health topic – Coronavirus

Smartraveller website

Contacts

A public information hotline is provided by Health Direct – 1800 675 398.

Medical practitioners needing clinical information or to notify suspected or confirmed cases can contact the Department of Health and Human Services Communicable Diseases Section on 1300 651 160 (24 hours).