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COVID-19's Impact on Rural Communities

AJC Feature

We are so grateful to be included in this Atlanta Journal-Constitution feature discussing COVID-19's impact on rural black communities. Click the link below to read the full article.


The Family and Staff of Barnum Funeral Home have been "Servants of the People Since 1905," and will continue to serve the Same Community with the Same Service. However, in the light of the COVID - 19 Pandemic, we will be implementing "Social Distancing" and other precautions at our facilities, following all the guidelines issued by the CDC for the funeral industry. We have designed and implemented more creative experiences to better serve our community that aims to keep us all SAFE:

  • We are following the strict guidelines outlined by the CDC for the funeral industry in all facets during the removal and preparation of the deceased. This is not only for the safety of our staff but also for family members.

  • Virtual Office Appointments. No more than 4 people are allowed in the office to make funeral arrangements. To include additional family members, we use the Zoom conference app. This allows additional family members to call in with or without video. If requested, a BFH staff member will create a Zoom meeting and provide the instructions for connecting to the meeting. For more information about Zoom, visit No cost is associated with the download of the app.

  • Remote planning. We have the technology to accommodate and assist families remotely. Families can email or fax needed information. Families can also arrange for financial payments to be completed remotely.

  • Funeral Services. Graveside services are highly encouraged. We strongly discouraged repasts. 

  • Public Viewings. To pay respect at a safe distance, we have created a Walkway Viewing between the two buildings on the property. Family members and visitors are allowed to view a loved one through a window display. The walkway is marked to ensure the appropriate social distancing. This alternative is used with the consent and permission of the deceased's family.

  • Day of the Service. We provide, ONLY, immediate family members with temporary masks. The masks are retrieved after the service; then washed and sealed. Additionally, family members are also provided with individual containers of hand sanitizer.

  • With the consent and permission of family members, all services are recorded via Facebook Live. Videos are posted on our website and saved for 60 days on our Facebook page.

  • Messages of condolences can be sent to family members by emailing us or on our Facebook page.

  • Sanitation. We have equipped our offices with hand sanitizing stations. Additionally, we use a fogger to sanitize the buildings and the offices. All vehicles are sanitized before and after when they are used.

  • Notary Window. Also featured in the walkway between the buildings is a location to have documents notarized. Individuals must schedule an appointment, call the office upon arrival, and remember to bring ID. Our notary services are still free of charge. Remember you cannot have something notarized for someone else.

For more information, please call us and follow us on social media and on our website.

God Bless and Keep us all.

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