Why we still need funerals

Dear Families of Fremont and surrounding communities,

Berge-Pappas-Smith Chapel of the Angels has served this community since 1913 and we stand ready to help you. Even prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the safety and well-being of you, your family and your friends have always been of 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 coronavirus (COVID-19) and we extend our appreciation to the health care community for all they are doing to protect us.

We want you to know everything we are doing to keep your safety as our top priority 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 and help planning funeral arrangements.

Community Updates as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020:

  • Berge-Pappas-Smith Chapel of the Angels has adapted our services to follow the guidelines and mandates issued by state health officials and of California Governor Gavin Newsom that effective immediately, all services will now be limited to immediate family of 10 people or fewer, including at funeral homes, gravesites and churches.
  • We will also be helping families understand social distancing, hand hygiene, and cough etiquette during services.

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 Berge-Pappas-Smith Chapel of the Angels.

Visiting Our 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 Berge-Pappas-Smith Chapel of the Angels Helps You Support Friends and Family

We have always implemented the latest technologies for the convenience of families we serve. We encourage you to 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 or over the phone. Every situation can and will be accommodated to ensure the arrangements for the care of your loved one and ensure your 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. Please know that we are here for anything else you may need to honor life, support loved ones and begin the healing process. Pathways Hospice has trained grief counselors in each of their offices that can provide this kind of support. For information please contact Dave Rutschman at 510-613-2092 (East Bay) or Tom May at 408-773-4329 (South Bay).

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 us at 510-656-1226.

Dan, Kevin, Ian and Sam Smith