Following the recent changes in Coronavirus restrictions published on 22nd February, the position regarding funerals is set out below.
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.
Currently, and under “Step 1” from 8th March:
Funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees – 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, and 6 people can attend linked commemorative events such as stone settings.
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.
Hospitality settings, such as bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed.
Under “Step 2” no earlier than 12th April:
As per “Step 1” but the number of people able to attend a stone setting or ashes interment increases to 15. Wakes will also be possible for up to 15 people, but hospitality venues can serve people outdoors only. There will be no need for customers to order a substantial meal with alcohol, and no curfew – although customers must order, eat and drink while seated.
Under “Step 3” no earlier than 17th May:
As per “Step 2” but up to 30 people will be able to attend wakes and indoor hospitality will open.
Under “Step 4” no earlier than 21st June
Decisions will be made on removing limits on the number of people allowed to attend funerals and wakes, ashes interments etc.
If you have any queries do please get in touch and we will be glad to help you.