Updated: June 23, 2020
Lawson Funeral Home is one of thirteen funeral homes that make up Higginbotham Funeral Homes of Texas, Inc., a family corporation serving Central Texas since 1881. Our funeral directors and employees that work for us joined this profession to serve others. They have an innate desire to guide people through a journey of unknowns. Given the ongoing circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working to continue our calling to serve others.
What we are doing:
In accordance with CDC, county, state, and federal guidance, we are limiting gatherings as specified by our local, county, state, or federal orders.
●In addition, some of our locations are under mask orders. Under such orders, it is the policy of Higginbotham Funeral Homes of Texas to require a mask be worn at all times, to enforce mask usage and to protect our employees, the families we serve, and all visitors. Exceptions to mask usage are specified in the ordinances or government orders.
●In our locations without mask orders, we are recommending all families and visitors wear a mask, continue to social-distance more than six (6) feet apart from others, and self-isolate or quarantine if you experience any symptoms. We are requiring all of our employees wear a mask when they are interacting with any visitors and families they are serving.
We are also requiring our locations to demarcate flooring in six-feet zones in key areas where workers, customers, or visitors would ordinarily congregate to encourage people to keep appropriate social distance between themselves and others.
We encourage families to contact us by phone, email, or through our Collaboration Center as much as possible. We are able to make arrangements 100% online if necessary, but we will still meet with families that would like to come in as long as we abide by government’s guidance. While office hours may vary, our employees are available on call 24/7.
Inside our facilities we strive to maintain a clean environment. Our employees are thoroughly cleaning our funeral home daily and sanitizing common touch surfaces as visitors come and go.
We are asking our care-team, or removal personnel, to wear PPE and limit their contact with people. We may ask people to leave the room with your loved one. We are committed to help prevent exposure to you or your family. After your loved one is brought into our care, we will work our hardest to allow you to see your loved one.
What does this mean for funeral services?
Current guidelines vary from county to county and each funeral home will post how many people are allowed to gather, this includes the funeral director and clergy/celebrant. Even with this limitation, we will encourage social distancing. At the majority of our locations we offer live streaming so that people who are not able to attend may view the service. As always, friends and family that are not attending may sign the Guest Book available on our website or on our facebook page.
Can we have a visitation?
Visitations at this time are allowed – However, we have an obligation to adhere to the issued orders, regulations or guidelines. With the limitations of visitations, families are no longer able to hear the impact their loved one had on others. We invite you to send a message or video talking about how your life was changed by their loved one, or your favorite memory. You may email the message or video to our funeral home or share on our facebook page.
What about the Graveside?
Graveside services and committal services are under the same regulations as funeral services. Individual cemeteries may also have restrictions in place. Some cemeteries may not set up chairs to help maintain social distancing.
What about PrePlanning or PreFunding our funeral?
We ask that you call and set up a time for a phone conference with one of our funeral directors or pre-need specialists. In most cases we will be able to drop off paperwork in person for signatures or send contracts through email that may be completed and digitally signed with DocuSign.