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. Up to 30 people can attend (according to the size of the venue). Many service locations (such as Crematoria) have applied their own limits based on the size of their venue and social distancing requirements. Funerals held in a place of worship on a separate occasion are also limited to a maximum of 30 people (dependent on venue size). 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 where the funeral is not included as part of communal worship. 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 that there should be no congregational singing during the ceremony. In most venues we are able to provide recorded music, photo tributes and the option for mourners to participate in the services with readings and eulogies remains. Some venues will allow us to make arrangements for performance by professional singers or musicians.

How else can people take part?

It’s really important that mourners who are legally required to isolate and others unable to attend the funeral are given the opportunity to attend the funeral ceremony remotely. Most crematoria offer live streaming options (for a fee). For other venues we can organise to stream the ceremony using Zoom (depending on mobile phone coverage) or we can record the funeral for you to share or watch later. We can support someone else present to stream the ceremony using their own device. For a more professional approach we can arrange for a professional video company to stream and record the ceremony for a fee. We can also provide virtual attendees a digital copy of the order of service to follow during the ceremony.

Is a post-funeral gathering allowed?

Yes, under the Tier 4 restrictions up to 6 people can gather before or after the funeral service for wakes and other ceremonial events linked to the funeral. This number applies whether that takes place in an indoor or outdoor setting. In order for you to hold a larger gathering, we have created some guidance on how you can hold a virtual funeral reception following a funeral service. It will also be possible to hold a memorial service, gathering or wake at a later date, further advice on this can be found here.

Can I still choose a coffin?

At the present time, we are still able to provide a full 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 in particular relation to the requirement for burial over cremation.

Could the funeral be delayed?

There should be no reason to delay the funeral beyond the availability of the cemetery or crematorium to accommodate a service. Government advice remains that it is important funerals are not 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 again. 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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