It is our sincerest hope that you find the information and direction you are looking for here within our website.  If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us by phone, email or in person 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and one of our directors will be available to assist you.    Our family lives by the philosophy that there is no greater reward in life than to help another human being at one of the most difficult times in their life, and to know that through our efforts we have helped to ease the uncertainty and create a safe and comfortable place in which to reflect. Our aspiration is to provide the finest funeral or memorial tribute possible, to exceed our client family’s expectations, and do so with the utmost professionalism, dignity, honor and respect.

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Our funeral home has adopted the following safety precautions during the infectious pandemic of COVID- 19, also known as the Corona Virus.

Effective June 26, 2020

              Phase four of the State of Illinois reopening plan will go into effect.

               This phase will allow more of a return to normalcy as it relates to a families ability to have additional options for a public gathering. During this phase we will be permitted to have up to 50 people in any given staging area of the funeral home. The CDC recommendations of face coverings and social distancing shall still be observed. All services  slightly modified shall be available to our families except the social room for coffee and food of any type. 


            Funeral, visitation and Drive Thru Streaming Services

                During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is our funeral homes mission to first protect the public health of our community, families and funeral service providers. We are providing at no charge live streaming services for all visitation and/or funeral services held within the CDC guidelines. Many families in our care have selected to hold their funeral services until a later date. For some families this is the right decision; however, this comes at a tremendous personal cost. The grief that they carry with them remains unresolved until which time the scheduling of the service and closure begins. By introducing live streaming the friends, family, and community can in real-time make their presence from quarantine known. This is done by live stream count navigating to and sharing a memory on the family’s memorial tribute page. The surviving family can then start to find closure in these uncertain times while simultaneously begin the process of making a healthy grief recovery. A gathering for the human connection can always be arranged to be held at a later date. If you have any questions about streaming, private services or public services with the use of drive-thru, no contact visitation, and funeral services, please email:, call (815) 741-5500 or (815) 942-5040 or view our informational video by clicking on this link

            Drive-Thru No Contact Visitation Services

           Drive-thru visitations have been around for over 35 years. When they first came out it was so fisherman and dock workers could pay their respects to the departed after funeral home hours. This concept never received much traction because in our opinion it was sterile. It is unique that we now use that word to protect our community. During the last several weeks we have had families come into our care whose grief is understandably palpable. This grief is magnified many times by the inability to have the human connection so desperately needed at the time of emotional loss. We have asked some of our families to experiment with the drive-thru visitation concept, and all who have participated thus far have found it healing, and therapeutic. Not all funeral homes are designed to offer drive-thru funeral services. However, our Joliet funeral home and our Morris funeral home are able to accommodate such services. This is in full compliance with the CDC guidelines and the travel to essential businesses as described by Homeland Security. We can guarantee that with this additional service option, we can keep your family safe in continuous quarantine, while showing your love and support for the family or friend that has been lost. For those families who elect to use this no contact human interaction option, this is how it works: the obituary notice will contain the no contact drive-thru visitation hours. We suggest that those you are quarantined with may get into your vehicle with a copy of the obituary notice either on your smartphone or in print, in the event that you are stopped for nonessential travel. Your family can travel to the funeral home and fall in line underneath the canopy, just before the beginning of the visitation set hours. The first car will be directed to exit their vehicle if they choose to, walk up to the glass barrier, say a prayer for the deceased who will be lying in state, then return to their vehicle and the second car will pull up and be allowed to exit their vehicle if they chose to, and we will repeat this process until everyone has an opportunity to express their condolences with no chance of virus transmission. Under no circumstances is anyone in line allowed to exit their vehicle to speak to anyone, as that will be violating the no-contact order. It is also suggested, that if you are fortunate enough to be quarantined with your children, that you ask them to make a banner that has “we love you” or some other form of endearment to hold in front of the glass, for the family to see. If you wish to leave a private note or a card, they can be received by the funeral director monitoring compliance outdoors. We have suggested in lieu of not having cards available that you print a photo of your family in your printer, fold it in half and write your feelings on the inside that will be presented to the family after 36 hours of quarantine. Finally, when you return home, please navigate to and indicate on your loved one's Memorial Tribute page, your condolence that you attended the visitation and memorialize

your favorite memories for the family to share. We have had very good feedback from the families who have participated in the service, and we believe that it allows the family closure and the beginning of a healthy grief recovery. We have not lost our humanity; we are just participating in a safe and responsible way. For more information please email:, call (815) 741-5500 or (815) 942-5040 or view our informational video by clicking on this link


Upon receiving notification of the request of the transfer of the deceased from the place of death the Fred C. Dames Funeral Homes shall treat all places of death and persons present as potentially infectious. Medical status questions shall be asked prior to dispatch from onsite or in charge medical personal or surviving family. Upon arrival we shall treat the environment as infectious and YOU shall treat us as infectious. Upon executing social distancing, and disinfection of the deceased, we shall remove the deceased from the place of death to the funeral home.


Prior to making arrangements at our funeral home, we would ask our families to provide much of the information needed at the time of loss either over the phone or online. Our online pre arrangement portal is and our at need portal is both can be located under planning at Although our facilities are disinfected after each use, by doing this we cut down face to face contact significantly or eliminate it all together.

VISITATIONS AND FUNERALS (Pursuant to essential business contact orders)

We are taking every precaution to insure our personnel and facilities are safe. In accordance with the CDC guidelines and the President’s directive, we are only permitting a limited amount of people in the funeral home to pay respects to surviving family members at a time. All in attendance will be required to maintain social distancing. For those who are compelled to make human contact only elbow to elbow “bumps” are permitted. All non immediate family who are invited to attend funeral home visitations will conform to the following safe number protocol. Pull under the respective labeled canopy (like a funeral procession), wait in your car, a funeral director will let you, pay your respects (limited time), return to your car and drive away so the next limited numbered guest may enter.
Some families may wish to postpone their services. We understand this and have a myriad of options to be contemplated on a family by family basis. At a minimum, a funeral obituary should be prepared and posted. We also recommend doing an online movie to accompany the obituary notice.

This posting allows family and friends to share in the moment. This should occur with plans for what will happen next and when to memorialize and gather to honor your loved one.

These guidelines will remain in effect unless modified suspended or revoked. For the most up to date evolving Fred C. Dames Funeral Homes operational guidelines please view our website at on our home page.

We understand this is a once in a lifetime moment, we want to keep you and our staff protected. Together we will make sure this moment never gets lost in time.

Fred C. Dames Funeral Homes,

Family and Staff


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Why Fred C. Dames At A Time Of Loss?

We are here for you and have been for five generations since 1854. That may seem like a simple and obvious statement, but it is all too uncommon. We are not like other funeral providers. Not in philosophy, not in practice.

We are dedicated to the belief that the process of grief is not a business proposition but rather an emotional, human passage to be treated with dignity and conscience. That is our sole motivation.

We are not like others, nor do we strive to be. We promise to take you through this difficult time with care, with sensitivity, and with thoughtfulness. We do not hurry decisions. We do not feel there is a relationship between what is spent and what has been lost. There is only what is right for you and your family.

We encourage you to decide what your own approach and values dictate, what makes you comfortable, what your loved one would have wanted, and to follow that guidance.