The following are guidelines in having a funeral service to honor
the death of a loved one, who was a victim of COVID-19. All funeral activities
should be conducted to protect the health and well-being of attendees
and funeral home staff.
Center for Disease Control Guidelines:
There is currently no known risk associated with being in the same room
at a funeral or visitation service with the body of someone who died due
to COVID-19. People should consider not touching the body of someone
who has died of COVID-19.
Navajo Department of Health Guidelines:
Public Health Emergency Order No. 2020-004 states that no more than
five (5) people should attend the funeral service. Furthermore, Public
Health Emergency Order No. 2020-007 states that all individuals in the
Navajo Nation shall wear face masks in public, including funeral services.
Navajo Nation Division of Community Development (DCD) Guidelines:
Navajo Nation Chapters will continue to remain closed to the public.
However, chapters can provide non-contact services via phone calls and email.
Please contact your designated Chapter for further information and concerns.
Navajo Nation Land Department Guidelines:
The Navajo Nation Homesite Lease Regulations states that all modern
burial sites and graves are prohibited within the homesite lease premises.
All burial sites should be in a community approved cemetery
(See Section 17.08-J, Resolution No. RCD-74-16). Fines and fees will be issued
for illegal burials in open range locations.
Navajo Nation Division of Social Services Guidelines:
The Navajo Division of Social Services COVID-19 Burial Assistance assists
Navajo families with the loss of a loved one due to COVID-19. The criteria
for the COVID-19 Burial Assistance, the deceased must:
- Be a member of the Navajo Nation with an enrolled census number and;
- Expired from COVID-19, as verified by the appropriate authority.
Applications for burial assistance are available at all contracted mortuaries.
For more information regarding applications, call the Navajo Nation
Division of Social Services at (866) 347-2403.
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NATIVE TRADITIONAL FUNERAL
Navajo Family Assistance Program
List of Contracted Mortuaries
||Silver Creek Mortuary
|Cope Memorial Chapel
||Tse Bonito Mortuary
||Tse Bonito, NM
|Cope Memorial Chapel
||Summit Funeral Home
||Saint Michaels, AZ
|Daniel’s Family Funeral Services
||Valley Ridge Mortuary
||Tuba City, AZ
|Desert View Funeral Home
||The listed mortuaries are in an agreement with DSS Navajo Financial Assistance
Services to provide burial services to individuals who qualify for
Burial Assistance and reserve the right to decline requests for services.
List of mortuaries are subject to change.
Funeral Guidance During COVID-19 State of Emergency
TIME OF DEATH
Contact your local funeral home, who should follow routine
infection prevention when coming into contact with a decedent
with confirmed or suspected COVID-19
Use precautions as any other decedent with a contagious disease.
- Graveside service
- Traditional/cultural burial
Limit to 5 people or less in a room at a time, stay 6 ft apart, and wear a face mask.
- Tsin Bó’ósni’ Binaach’i
Reception is not recommended.
Traditional practice should be shortened to protect personal hygiene.
Communal traditional medicine cups should be cleaned after each use or limited to one person per cup.