COVID-19 - Our Statement
Thursday 19th March 2020 - 10am
When a loved one dies our instinct is to come together to say goodbye. But what is the best advice for attending funerals in these uncertain times?
Although the government has advised that large gatherings of people should be avoided, for now their position is that funerals should continue. Our priority is for you to be able to say goodbye for as long as it remains safe to do so, but that does mean we will be taking additional measures.
We have a responsibility to prevent harm to mourners, our staff and the wider public, so will discuss each funeral with the families of those in our care on an individual basis. We have already stepped up our rigorous cleaning and disinfecting regimes. We have a good supply of hand-sanitiser, and we are taking care that we ourselves stay healthy, by limiting our out-of-work exposure with others.
Anyone who is feeling unwell is strongly advised to stay at home, but we are well-equipped to webcast services from our Chapel Street funeral home by Zoom, Skype, or to livestream. In addition, and following best advice, we may also have to implement the following:
• Restricting larger gatherings to a small funeral service, with the option of a ‘Celebration of Life’ service at a later date.
• Making funeral arrangements by telephone, facetime, skype or zoom.
• Restricting viewing to close family members only.
We trust that you will understand that these measures are not taken lightly, and that they may change at any time. If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to call or email us and we’ll do our best to answer your question. The situation is changing all the time and we will keep you up to date as much as we can. And please, stay healthy and well.
All best wishes,
Vicki and Team