The following guidelines have been issued by the Government to try to eradicate the spread of the Coronavirus;
Self Isolate, if you or any immediate family members display the following symptoms, high temperature or a new dry cough you should consider Self Isolating for a period of fourteen days.
Avoid contact with anyone displaying signs of the virus.
Only travel on public transport if you have to.
Consider avoiding large gatherings.
Everybody should observe good hand hygiene.
Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, use a tissue or your sleeve.
Tissues must be disposed of immediately and hands washed to avoid infection.
Whenever possible maintain a distance of six feet between you and others.
People who are aged 70 years or over, or with underlying medical conditions, who may be pregnant or have a weakened immune system should carefully consider if they should be attending a funeral.
For further information please visit the Governments website;
At this time we have not been affected by or asked to undertake the funeral of anyone diagnosed with the Coronavirus. As the situation develops further it is likely we will come into contact with those affected by the virus and therefore we may need to make some changes to our usual working practices. These may include;
Asking people to wash their hands or use medicated hand gel when visiting our premises.
Not shaking hands or embracing when meeting clients.
Carrying out funeral meetings via telephone or other electronic methods.
Posting forms to clients with pre-paid envelopes for returning them once signed.
In addition, we are being instructed of the following changes that have or may be implemented going forward, please note these changes are outside of our control;
Church Funeral Services
At this time all public worship services have been suspended and therefore the churches are asking that you observe the following guidelines;
At this time all funerals in church have been suspended, burials at the graveside can still be carried out.
For further information please visit the individual faiths websites;
Catholic Church: https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/health-social-care/coronavirus-guidelines/
Church of England: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches
Methodist Church: https://www.methodist.org.uk/coronavirus/
Other faith sites are available, this list is not exhaustive.
Crematorium Funeral Services
With immediate effect attendance at Cremation services will be limited to 10 immediate family members only.
Hymn Books at Crematoria are no longer available, many hymns will be available to be displayed on the screen in the service room.
Curtains should be closed at the conclusion of the service.
Coffins should not be borne, instead wheeled biers should be used.
Coffins may be wiped over before they are taken into the service.
The crematorium will not allow anyone who is Self Isolating or displaying symptoms of Corona Virus to attend a service. In these instances a webcast or recording can be made available.
The Crematorium asks that you make use of the WC facilities to wash your hands with soap and water before and after the service.
To observe the Government recommendations.
Where possible try to maintain a sensible distance of six feet between yourself and others.
Avoid social gestures such as shaking hands, kissing and hugging.
The possibility that funerals will not be able to be attended but will be streamed via the internet.
Our staff at this time will, as long as supplies last, direct you to supplies of medicated hand gel available for you to sterilise your hands when you arrive at the Crematorium. This will not be possible if you feel you will suffer any allergic reactions or have any open wounds on your hands. Instead we will wherever possible direct you to local hand washing facilities that may be utilised instead.
Wear protective gloves.
Help you to find a suitable seat at a distance that you feel comfortable with from other mourners.
Facilitate the recycling of Orders of Service as you leave.
For further information please visit the Crematoriums website;
It is essential at this time that we minimise the risk of infection to our clients, ourselves and other professionals we work with and hope you understand that these changes will not be undertaken lightly. We would like to reassure you that we will continue to provide an exceptional level of service in light of the current difficulties.
When you are organising the funeral of a loved one, we are very aware of what a difficult time this can be and will do our best to explain any changes or delays which may be an inevitable consequence of the current restrictions. We will operate in line with our governing bodies recommendations at all times.
For further information please visit the National Association of Funeral Directors website:
Should you have any questions or concerns about how the Coronavirus may affect any upcoming funerals please do not hesitate to contact us.