How Covid-19 is Affecting Funerals

Last Updated 13th February 2022

Please be aware that our staff will wear masks when attending all deaths, and are happy to wear them at services should you wish.

This page will be updated as new information is released, it is meant as a general summary of what is currently happening with all funerals. In the event that we are caring for a family whose loved one has passed away from Covid-19, we will speak to the family individually if any special measures are required, however there are no additional restrictions on the type of funeral available, and people are still able to come and see the deceased if wished.

It is recommended to take a lateral flow test before attending a funeral service.

We will discuss with each family individually what they would like to take place, although this is of course outside our control and will need to be amended if guidance changes.

Funeral Arrangements

We are able to offer in person arrangements. For those where this is not practical, or those who are not comfortable with this, we offer phone or video call appointments, paperwork can then be posted or emailed as necessary. We ask that all visits to our premises are done by appointment.

 

Our limousine service is available as normal, with the following in place, please note that failure to adhere to these guidelines may result in a refusal of travel:

•    The divider between the driver and passengers (maximum of 6) will remain up at all times, no front seat passengers.
•    Between each use, the vehicle will be cleaned with an anti-viral fogging machine, proven to kill Covid-19.

•    It is not possible to carry passengers who are currently positive for Covid-19.

When discussing services with ministers/celebrants, some are happy to do this in person, others still prefer phone and video calls.

All Funeral Services

There are no legal restrictions in place.

Florists

Shops are open as normal, you can also place online and telephone orders. We are able to accept orders as we normally would, and will fulfil them through our usual florists.

Service Sheets

Our printers are fully operational and we able to produce bespoke service sheets as normal. With reduced attendance, and no communal service books, it is currently very popular to have these, both for the service itself, and to send out as mementos for those who are unable to attend.

Reception Venues/Wakes

There are no longer any legal restrictions, though each venue may have its own rules that you are asked to follow.

Travelling to a Different Area

A funeral is a permitted reason to travel in all areas. If you are travelling from abroad and need advice, please contact us.

Attending a Death

All our staff attending deaths have received both of their vaccinations and booster. Please advise us if there is a risk of Covid-19 infection within the household, in which case we will wear PPE.

Funeral Livestreaming

Most crematoria have livestreaming facilities available. We may also be able to provide livestreaming to funerals taking place elsewhere, such as Churches and Cemeteries. For full details, please see our livestreaming page.

Ashes Interments, Scatterings and Memorial Services

There are no longer any legal restrictions, if you feel the time is right to have a service or event to remember the life of your loved one, please contact us and we can discuss your thoughts and wishes.

If you have any questions at all about arranging or attending a funeral, please do get in touch