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Changes to funeral and cremation services


Funerals and cremations can still go ahead as planned but we have introduced some new arrangements, which reflect Government guidance and are intended to keep people safe.

If you are organising a funeral, please be aware of the arrangements currently in place.

  • The maximum number of people allowed to attend a funeral at one of our crematoria is 15 so that social distancing measures can be followed. Those attending should be members of the deceased's household, close family members or in their absence a close friend.
  • If the funeral takes place at a church, depending on the size of the church, more people may attend up to 30. The funeral director should be able to advise you of exact numbers. If the church service is followed by a cremation then only 15 can follow on to the crematorium.
  • You must wear a face covering.
  • Alongside the funeral director, chapel attendant funeral staff, you may ask for a celebrant of your choice to attend.
  • We will provide web casts free of charge to allow family members to watch services provided that they are ordered with your funeral director 48 hours in advance of the service. A download link will be made available for anyone requesting a web cast, but this may take up to 3 weeks to arrive.

When attending funerals, we ask that you and those attending with you:

  • follow advice on social distancing during the service and when travelling to and from the funeral gathering
  • do not attend the funeral if you or they are unwell with symptoms of Coronavirus
  • avoid any direct face-to-face or physical contact, unless you have been living as part of the same household
  • follow national advice on hand hygiene and preventing the spread of infection before and after the service

As well as following the above guidance, to reduce the risk of infection we ask that you:

  • advise other attendees if there is a clinically vulnerable person attending and to be respectful of the vulnerable person's need to avoid close contact at any point.
  • reiterate the need to stay at home if they are unwell
  • advise  people to travel to the venue via the safest route possible, preferably by car by themselves or with someone from their household.
  • ensure that people who are in a clinically vulnerable group do not attend the same ceremony as people who are in household isolation
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