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COVID-19 Update – July 3, 2020

As we have entered Level 2 in the Covid-19 Pandemic situation, the following guidelines have been updated.

  • Funerals and burials will be limited to no more than 50 people (including the officiant), provided that physical distancing can be maintained. 
  • Wakes, especially wakes in homes are prohibited. Only visitations at the funeral home is permitted
  • Visitations are permitted and are limited to 20 people. One visitation is permitted. The immediate family can stay for the full visitation. The family can receive guests one bubble at a time as long as there are only 20 in the room at one time. Physical distancing must be adhered to at all times. Guestbooks, bulletins and cards are not permitted.
  • Those symptomatic or self-isolating are not permitted to attend. This includes returning travelers who are self-isolating.
  • Persons traveling from provinces outside the Atlantic bubble are required to isolate for 14 days unless permission is granted due to extenuating circumstances.  Funerals are not considered to be extenuating circumstances.

Our focus at Dunphy’s is always on providing comfort and care to our families who have lost loved ones. During these exceptional times we need to find ways for our families to grieve and start the healing process, while at the same time provide a safe and secure environment for them to do so. In light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic Dunphy’s has implemented the following practices and procedures to date:

  • Implemented a regular disinfecting of our public areas beyond our regular cleaning.
  • Posted signage throughout our facilities to avoid hand shaking and close personal contact.
  • Posted signage advising of proper handwashing.
  • We are recommending that people pay their respects by phone call or by offering on-line condolences through our web site and avoid visiting the funeral home.
  • We are telling family members that have been out of the province over past 14 days or are experiencing flu-like symptoms to avoid visiting the funeral home.
  • We have closed our lounges, and are advising families not to bring food or beverages to the funeral home.
  • We will continue to monitor the situation and will update our policies as the need arises, keeping our families needs and public safety in mind.
  Thank you for your understanding,
Ron Fitzpatrick


Front view of Dunphy's funeral home

We serve all families with dignity and care.

Dunphy's Funeral Home located at 366 Conception Bay Highway, Holyrood.

Dunphy's Funeral Home had its beginnings three generations ago. It began with Michael C. Dunphy in 1892. He was approached by families to build a casket for their loved ones on an as-needs basis.  Over time he he began providing transportation of the deceased to the church and then to the cemetery. At the time, a wake was held in the deceased's home.

William J. Dunphy became the second generation undertaker and together with his wife, Marjorie, in 1970 opened Conception Bay Centre's first funeral home in which to wake their loved ones. By 1980 there was such a demand for the facility that an extension to the funeral home was constructed.

In 1996, Kenneth M. Dunphy succeeded William and now operates the business with the help of his sister, Barbara, a graduate of Kingstec College in Nova Scotia, and his brother, William Jr., who does the behind the scenes end of the operation. In 1998, a major construction saw the funeral home grow and again in 2002, another addition was added. Now Dunphy's Funeral Home can offer its clients a very modern setting in which to create a loving farewell for their loved ones.

Dunphy’s aim is that "every family is treated as if they were a part of our own family."

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