Notice to Our Families
Please call our office for the most up-to-date information as things are changing on the hour.
**UPDATE: For the safety of our staff and families we have closed our office to the public and operating by appointment only. We are available by phone 24hrs a day. Please call 760-745-2162 and speak with our directors.**
First, we are closely monitoring and following all guidelines from the CDC, National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), California Funeral Directors Association (CFDA), as well as all local and state emergency services. The County of San Diego has banned gatherings of any kind.
We will be closing the main office to the public and will be operating by appointment only.
We are available by phone 24hours a day. Please call the office for further information regarding memorials and other options.
Effective immediately, Alhiser-Comer Mortuary, will only offer private burials and final-goodbyes. Families will be instructed by our directors on how best to limit the number of family members gathered at any one-time at our facilities. Unfortunately, the general public will be unable to attend these private gatherings as we are limited. If the family wishes we will offer an online Tribute Wall which will allow the public to express their condolences and show their support. We also actively encourage our community to pray for the deceased and their families. Your expressions of love, phone calls of support, and notes of encouragement can and will provide comfort at this time.
We are now offering a service called Hugs From Home that will give those not attending a funeral service the chance to still share their words of love and support. Simply call our office or email us at [email protected] and leave your message of condolence. These will then be handwritten and attached to a balloon or flower. These balloons and flowers will fill our chapel as a representation of hugs for the families who are unable to attend. They will be able to read your heartfelt messages and know that many others are there with them in spirit.
We have set in place new measures to help protect and accommodate members of the public. We will make every effort to accommodate families in making arrangements and conducting services in any capacity needed to ensure their safety and comfort while honoring their loved one. If you would prefer to make arrangements remotely please contact our office and we will give you further instruction.
In order to avoid compromising the health of our visitors, we have placed reminders throughout our funeral home to minimize physical contact as recommended by the CDC. We continue, as always, to provide hand sanitizer throughout our facilities as well as enacting extra cleanings in all of our public areas.
We will post and follow all updates and guidelines that we receive from the CDC, NFDA, CFDA to keep families informed.
Again, our family and staff are here to serve, protect and honor each family as we have been for over 120 years. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call the funeral home.
Megan Comer, and the Staff of Alhiser-Comer Mortuary
*CDC Information Copied from NFDA Release: At this time, the CDC states that decedents with COVID-19 may be buried or cremated according to the family’s preferences.
*San Diego County Information:
To slow the spread of COVID-19, the following guidance is being issued and is effective from March 17 through March 31, 2020:
•All public and private gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. Non-essential gatherings of any size are strongly discouraged.
•All bars and adult entertainment establishments that serve alcohol and no food must close.
•All restaurants or businesses that serve food must close on-site dining. Food delivery, pick-up or drive-through needs to be done using social distancing or keeping people six feet apart.
•All schools of all grades to close; students who are minors must stay at home and not participate in activities prohibited by the order.
•All people 65 or older, or anyone who has a chronic underlying condition or are immunocompromised should stay home.
•Non-essential personnel must stay away from hospitals or long-term care facility.
•All businesses need to enact social distancing, increase cleaning standards and have employees work from home, if possible. Businesses must suspend doctor verification for sick or other leave approval.
•Hospitals must preserve resources and delay non-emergency surgeries and elective procedures.