To Our Community

Published: March 16, 2020

Dear Families of Madison, Dane County, and surrounding communities,

Cress has served this community for over 150 years and we stand ready to help you now. Even prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the safety and well-being of you, your family, and your friends has always been of the utmost importance to us. We will remain open and our experienced, caring staff will continue assisting families during this critical time.

Our heart goes out to those affected by the recent changes due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and we extend our appreciation to the health care community for all they are doing now to protect us.

We want you to know everything we are doing to keep your safety top of mind while still helping you support friends and family during a time of loss. Please see below for important community updates and more information regarding our locations, service videography, and help planning funeral arrangements.

Community Updates as of Saturday, March 14, 2020:

· We are joining with the City of Madison and Dane County to follow the directives given from the Dane and Madison Public Health Offices.

· All Cress services will now be limited to immediate family only, including funeral homes, gravesites, and churches.

In this climate, we know there is a lot of uncertainty. We want you to know what we are doing to keep your safety top of mind and how you can still support friends and family during a time of loss by knowing the facts. We want to thank you in advance for putting your trust in Cress.

Visiting a Cress Location

While the COVID-19 virus has required all of us to be more mindful as we go through our regular activities, rest assured that our locations are clean and safe. Even before this crisis, we maintained health and safety measures designed to address a broad spectrum of viruses. Now this includes COVID-19. Our protocols cover everything from handwashing hygiene, cleaning product specifications, ventilation, equipment and common area cleaning procedures.

How Cress Helps You Support Friends and Family

Cress has implemented technologies for the convenience of families we serve. We have made recording of services at many of our locations available at no charge. You may view services on our website. You may also support families via guest books and obituaries on our website.

Funerals are important. Recognizing loss is a human instinct and it is important to recognize that we must facilitate beginning the healing process. Please make an extra effort to support those that have lost a loved one during this unusual time. Your support is more important than ever with the added stress of these extraordinary circumstances.

Making Funeral Arrangements

If a death has occurred, or will soon, we are very sorry for your loss. If you are unable to make it to one of our locations due to travel restrictions, health concerns or any other reason our caring staff can help you accomplish everything virtually. Every situation can and will be accommodated to ensure the arrangements for the care of your loved one and ensure you wishes are followed.

Thank You

Losing a friend or family member is never easy, and we are very aware that these unsettling times can amplify feelings of grief and anxiety. Pease know that we are here for anything else you may need to honor life, support loved ones, and begin the healing process.

The safety and well-being of you, your family, and your friends is of the utmost importance to us.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at 608-238-3434.

Scott Kundinger

Director of Operations

Cress Funeral and Cremation Services

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