CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PANDEMIC
Funeral Service Attendance
Funeral Service Attendance is still limited.
The wearing of face coverings is now mandatory for attending all indoor funeral services.
The primary purpose of this is to reduce the number of individuals attending funerals in order to protect the bereaved, funeral directors, cremation and burial staff from becoming infected.
Burial and Crematorium Authorities
In the ongoing delivery of funeral services, Burial and Cremation Authorities have adopted a risk-based approach taking into account
government advice, vulnerable groups and the importance of protecting the key workers outlined in government
Some Crematorium and Burial Authorities have now increased funeral attendee numbers to above 10 providing they are not in any of the high-risk categories and are not self-isolating. Attendee numbers will vary from venue to venue, however there can be no more than 30 people in attendance - even if the venue has a greater capacity.
At some venues families now have the choice as to whether the curtains remain open at the end of the service, again this varies from
venue to venue.
Where webcam facilities are available, most crematoriums have maintained the reduced cost to enable the funeral service to be viewed from home.
Hymn books have been removed from the chapels however words will appear on screen or on the order of service. Organists are not currently permitted.
Local Churches are now starting to open for funeral services, although availability and the number of attendees will be limited and will vary from Church to Church.
With the current limitations we are advising families to consider arranging a celebration service once circumstances allow so all family and friends can attend.
Please check with your chosen Funeral Director for all options available to you and your family, as the services offered may differ between Individual Funeral Directors.
Visiting our Funeral Home
The wearing of face coverings is now mandatory for visitors to funeral homes.
Where visiting our premises is unavoidable, an appointment must be made. Our priority is to keep all visitors and staff safe, with this in mind we are asking anyone attending an appointment to sanitise their hands as soon as they enter our premises, in addition we are regularly wiping down all surfaces with disinfectant including after each visitor has left.
The advice we are receiving is constantly changing and keeping up with the flow of updates is a challenge, however we will continue to keep abreast of the ever-changing recommendations and implement accordingly.
Please keep safe and adhere to the guidelines in place which are there to protect us all.
The loss of a loved one is challenging, and we appreciate current events are only adding to these challenges, we are only a phone call away for anyone who needs our professional advice or just a chat.
Emma & Abbie