COVID-19 - Funeral Update
We would have liked to be entering into 2021 on a more positive note. The prospect of further months of restrictions is undoubtedly a blow to many individuals, families and businesses.
Our hearts go out to all those who have lost loved ones during this difficult time, and who have not been able to say goodbye in the way they would have wished. Our thoughts are with all those who cannot visit their families in care homes and hospitals, and those who have returned to shielding in order to protect themselves.
Despite this further lock-down, rules and regulations around funeral services have not changed greatly:
- Funeral services and ceremonies can still only have of up to 20 mourners. This number does not include the minister/celebrant or funeral staff and applies to both indoor and outdoor services.
- Funerals can be held within our socially-distanced service room in our Chapel Street funeral home and we offer livestreaming of services for those who are unable to attend. We can also record a high-definition video of each service.
- Although churches are again closed for Sunday services, they are still allowed to hold funeral services. This will be at the discretion of each individual church. On arranging a funeral we liaise closely with both family and clergy to ensure a safe environment for all.
- Post-funeral teas, wakes or other informal meetings are no longer permitted. We understand that this will be a great disappointment to many.
- Whether you are attending a service at our funeral home, a crematorium or within a church, all mourners are required to wear a face covering. This is not required when outdoors or at a graveside service provided that all are able to adhere to the 2 metre physical distancing rule.
- We are not able to offer families the opportunity to take lowering cords at a graveside as we usually would. However, we will advise families on how they can be safely involved in the ceremony and committal.
- To assist with the government's Test & Protect strategy, you will be asked to provide contact details if you are attending a funeral. This applies to both indoor and outdoor services. The information is held for three weeks by the funeral director and by the council responsible for the crematorium or cemetery where the service takes place.
To assist us in creating a safe space in our funeral homes for all of the families we serve, whether you need to discuss funeral arrangements, you are visiting a loved one in our care, or you wish to discuss a memorial or pre-need funeral arrangements, we would ask that you contact our office by telephone prior to your visit.
If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to call us and we’ll do our best to answer your question.
And please, stay healthy and well.
All best wishes,
Vicki and Team