COVID-19 AND FUNERALS
Funerals have been severely affected by coronavirus social distancing measures.
Attendance at services is currently limited to:
- Members of the deceased person’s household
- Close family members
- If the above are unable to attend, close friends
- Attendance of a celebrant of choice
Crematoria, cemetery and burial ground operators may also have imposed limits to the number of people who can attend funeral services. Bereaved families are advised to check with their funeral director for local restrictions.
Funeral arrangements are now taking place over the phone or by video call rather than face to face, as funeral directors attempt to reduce the risk of spreading the infection.
Many funeral directors may not permit or may have restrictions to chapel of rest viewings of loved ones due to Covid-19 infection risks. It is sensible to talk to a funeral director who will be able to advise what is possible, including with respect to rituals such as washing the deceased, in the current circumstances.
To find a local funeral director, members of the National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF) can be found here and members of the National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD) can be found here.
Further information on the Government’s latest attendance rules for funerals can be found here.
Further information about remembering a loved one during the lockdown can be found here.
Arranging a funeral
Arranging a funeral is something nobody wants to think about, but knowing where to start and what to do will make the process easier.
Choosing a funeral director
For many people, choosing a funeral director will be down to a matter of recommendation from family or friends. But in the age of the internet and social media, it’s worth doing some research.
The day of the funeral
Apart from travelling to the place of the funeral, what else happens on the day itself? There are a range of considerations to think about.
There is a wealth of information about death and bereavement throughout the internet. Here are some useful links to organisations that provide a range of support services and advice.