Funerals during Coronavirus pandemic
Following the advice and directions of government all organisations connected with the funeral profession, have been required to introduce measures to safeguard the bereaved their families and friends, staff who work in hospitals, funeral homes, registrars, religious ministers and celebrants, Crematoria and Cemeteries staff, to help slow the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
Registration - the rules around this requirement have been relaxed, including who qualifies to act as the informant, this is the person responsible for registering, to obtain the necessary death certificates which now also includes the funeral director.
Where the Doctor has seen the deceased within 28 days of death and is satisfied the death was from natural causes including Corvid-19, or when a post-mortem may be required the death can be registered by telephone and the certificates for cremation or burial are sent to the correct authority electronically by email.
Attendance - at funerals should be kept to a minimum number of mourners, immediate family and close friends and most Crematoria allow no more than 10 at present, but this could decrease as the pandemic spreads.
Webcasts - Most Chapels have the facility for the ceremony to be either webcast for those who cant attend to watch from home or recorded, and a memorial service could be held at a later date when the restriction on gatherings has been relaxed, after the pandemic has passed. Waiting Rooms will be closed, except to use the WC.
Limousines - are no longer available during this time due to the 2 metre rule and safe social distancing measures.
Hymn books - have been removed from crematoria chapels. It is possible to have personalised service sheets with the hymns printed, which can be taken to the crematorium at the time of the funeral. Some crematoria with the Obitus system will have screens on which a photo slide show to music or the hymn lyrics can be displayed.
Funeral Flowers - florists like many businesses have had to close down during this time, as the deliveries of flowers from wholesalers has ceased, fresh cut flowers are mostly unavailable.
We can advise on some silk or artificial flower options, some clients have chosen to bring wild flowers or garden flowers if they are able to do so.
People with existing health problems, anyone with a fever or cough or lives with someone with a fever or cough or has been exposed to the Covid-19 virus must not attend funeral services.
Please practice social distancing whilst attending funerals, i.e. keeping at least six feet (two metres) between yourself and other mourners, crematorium staff and funeral staff. We have been asked to remind you that hugging and shaking hands risks spreading the virus.
It may not be permitted for the family to bear the coffin.
Burial services will only be held at the graveside.
The Church of England is discouraging holding funeral services in their churches and only 12 mourners will be permitted to attend, if the incumbent allows the service to be held.
We will work smartly and safely with you to ensure the funeral you need despite the limitations imposed can be fulfilled. Between us we will organise that we have a meaningful discussion either by phone or video call, too understand your wishes and requirements, book the day and time of the ceremony, and we will put you in touch with a minister or celebrant, all as sensitively as possible.
All the paperwork which requires your signature can be emailed to you and signed electronically or we will deliver and collect safely at your convenience.
Advice on webcasting or recording the ceremony should you wish us to do so, to enable those who are unable to attend, or travel can still have the ability to be part of your loved ones farewell in some way.
Some of our clients have said that the smaller attendance with only the immediate family gathered has made for a less formal, more sincere and just as comforting ceremony.
Amendments to our costs are in place to ensure that you are only charged for the core service you receive whilst the limitations are in place.We have found more families may take the decision due to the current health concerns, and that they wont be joined by wider family and friends to choose a non-attended cremation and they can commemorate their loved ones life in a way that's fitting for them either now or in a memorial service to celebrate their life in the weeks or months to come...
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