COVID-19 - Funeral Update
The past year has been an incredibly difficult one. Although we are glad to see restrictions beginning to relax and local businesses able to open their doors again, our thoughts are also with 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.
Recent changes in government guidelines and policy mean that we are now able to relax some of the restrictions which we saw during the previous lock-downs:
- Funeral services and ceremonies can now have up to 50 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.
- Churches are open again and also able to welcome up to 50 mourners to a service, providing they have sufficient space to offer this. Arrangements and restrictions will be at the discretion of each individual church and we will liaise closely with both family and clergy to ensure a safe environment for all.
- Post-funeral teas and wakes for up to 50 attendees are now permitted within regulated venues.
- 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 now able to offer families the opportunity to take lowering cords at the graveside again. You funeral director will be able to advise on how cordholders and pallbearers can be involved safely in proceedings.
- 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 questions.
And please, stay healthy and well.
All best wishes,
Vicki and Team