Following the recent changes in Coronavirus restrictions, the position regarding funerals remains as follows in our local area where the COVID alert level is medium:
We are continuing to carry out funerals as required. However, we are generally arranging funerals either by phone or skype rather than meeting with you in person.
You can contact us by phone on 01825 760601 or 01273 488121
We are open to personal callers by appointment only at the current time.
The Church of England have issued the following statement: –
“The House of Bishops has advised that funerals may be carried out in church buildings.
There is a specific exemption that covers funeral services. This allows a maximum of 30 people to attend church premises for a funeral without observing the ‘rule of six’. This is subject to the church carrying out a risk assessment and taking all reasonable measures to limit the risk of transmission of coronavirus. Until otherwise advised, we consider the maximum of 30 to include everyone participating in the service.”
Families may wish to consider holding a memorial service at a later date when restrictions are lifted.
Funeral Services are exempt from the general “Rule of Six” but numbers are restricted to a maximum of 30 mourners depending on the venue capacity. Funerals must only take place in COVID-secure locations or in public outdoor spaces. We will advise you of the number allowed at your chosen location. Please be aware that this number can alter at any time and should not be taken as a definite figure.
At the funeral service, those living within the same household or support bubble may sit together, but a distance of at least 2 metres must be kept between all other people.
At the Crematorium, the coffin will generally be carried in before the mourners enter the chapel. It is not permitted for mourners to touch or kiss the coffin, or to place flowers upon it. Floral tributes delivered to our office in advance will still be allowed, but crematoriums are requesting that these are limited to one or two.
Crematorium can generally offer a webcast of the funeral to allow family and friends to watch the service either live, or at a later time. We will arrange this for you, and advise you of the crematorium fees depending on the options chosen.
We are now able to provide our limousine service for a maximum of three passengers only to ensure social distancing with our drivers.
Please note that Funeral Wakes are limited to 15 people and must not take place in private homes. Where food and drink is being consumed this should be in the form of a sit-down meal. Mourners do not need to limit their interaction to groups of 6 or their own household, but social distancing should still be followed between people who do not live together or share a support bubble.
If you have any queries do please get in touch and we will be glad to help you.