Making funeral arrangements through the Coronavirus pandemic

Caring for the living and the dead through the Coronavirus pandemic.

Can I still have a funeral?

Yes, the Government have explicitly allowed funerals to continue. However, the number of people that can attend is limited. Funerals held in a place of worship are limited to a maximum of 30 people. Many service locations (such as Crematoria) have applied their own limits based on the size of their venue and social distancing requirements. Give us a call and we can confirm what the local arrangements are.

Can I still go to church?

Yes, but the number of mourners who may attend is capped at 30. Not all churches have reopened yet. We are in contact with local faith leaders and can let you know what’s going on local to you.

Planning the funeral?

Although this will be difficult for everyone, funeral numbers remain modest. Guidance advises against singing during the ceremony. We are still able to provide recorded music and the option for mourners to participate in the services with readings and eulogies remains.

How else can people take part?

Most crematoria offer web casting options. For other venues we can organise to stream the ceremony using Zoom (depending on mobile phone coverage) or we can record the funeral for later. Or we can support someone else present to stream the ceremony using their own device. We can also send people an order of service to follow by email or post.

Is a post-funeral gathering allowed?

Is a post-funeral gathering allowed?Yes – pre and post-funeral gatherings are not considered part of the funeral from the point of view of the guidance instead they’re subject to the normal guidance for gatherings (Staying alert and safe social distancing) - but of course it will be possible to hold a memorial service or host a gathering to remember as lock down eases.

Can I still choose a coffin?

At the present time, we are still able to provide a range of coffin choices. As the majority of our coffins are made to order - restrictions may be applied according to availability. You can find our brochure here CPJ Field coffins

Will cremations become mandatory?

No. The government has taken steps to ensure that specific preferences that relate to religious belief are respected.

Could the funeral be delayed?

At the present time, we are not experiencing any significant delays to funerals. It might be tempting to wait until the restrictions on attendance are eased further. Our advice remains that things are unlikely to change significantly in the immediate future and recommend organising a private funeral attended by the number allowed and plan to hold an event (memorial service for example) when the restrictions are eased enough to allow the size of gathering you want. Our funeral director will provide you with further advice and guidance.

What if my Funeral Director has to close?

We are a longstanding family business with a number of funeral homes. In the event that our funeral home local to you has to close temporarily, we will ensure that you are provided with continuity of care through a named funeral director during that period of closure. A temporary closure of a funeral home will not adversely impact our ability to deliver funeral ceremonies or services.

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