Coronavirus (COVID-19) and funerals

As we move forward from the Coronavirus pandemic we must be mindful of the risks it highlighted and continue to adapt our behaviours and work practices accordingly. Here we set out our approach. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss a particular job in more detail.

Important: we are asking that if anyone feels unwell or shows signs of having contracted the virus, or is worried that they may pose a risk to others by attending a funeral to please follow the current NHS guidelines.

Specifically, we have implemented the following protocol:

It’s lovely to be able to welcome you back into our spacious, peaceful premises. We are only booking one family meeting at a time to limit your chance of coming into contact with other people during your visit. As ever, we can also hold consultations via telephone, Zoom, Skype, Whatsapp etc whenever needed. 

We will ask a series of questions related to coronavirus/COVID-19 and pneumonia before collecting the body. We will always be able to advise on the current next steps.

The possibility of returning a person home from their place of death before the funeral will be considered on a case by case basis, the focus being on keeping everyone safe.

Additional to our extended hygiene regimes, our team may be wearing additional personal protective equipment (PPE) when deemed necessary. 

In the case of Coronavirus related deaths, we will follow any current government guidelines. 

We will carry disinfectant sprays and hand sanitisers in our vehicles, should they be required, but would ask participants to bring their own for their own comfort and security.

In the case that venues may need to cancel at short notice, we will make every effort to find a substitute venue, or to assist you to arrange a memorial service at a later date.

If the service takes place at a venue where live webcasting is available, we can help you to ensure this is implemented and communicate the details to people.

We will continue to operate at the highest standards and to make each funeral as honest and meaningful as we can in the current climate.

Should we have to adapt our working practices to include any new rules or regulations we will, at all times, put the deceased and their family and friends in the forefront of our thinking and decision making.

We will update this page regularly as needed.

Being adaptable and flexible in difficult times is part of our mission, and we will continue to be committed to this way of working in the future.

Thank you for your understanding and if you have any questions about coronavirus / COVID-19 and funerals, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by calling: 01273 569052 and we will do our best to help.

Last updated 20/06/2022, 16:40

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