Updated: Jan 7, 2021
With us now in a third national lockdown, I know a lot of the families that I deal with are worried about the effect that it will have on their loved ones funeral.
Under the rules for the lockdown that came in to force on 6th January 2020, funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people.
Linked religious, belief based or comparative events such as stone settings and the scattering of ashes are also allowed to go ahead, but can only be attended by a maximum of 6 people.
Anyone like myself, or the Funeral Director or anyone else who is working is not included in this total.
Social distancing should be observed between people who aren't in a support bubble and if you can, then you should wear a mask.
You can find the full list of guidelines on the Government's website.
If you are worried about family members and friends from further afield not being able to attend, then most crematorium's have facilities to stream funerals via video link. Have a word with your celebrant or Funeral Director and they will be able to arrange this. The links are really easy to use and will be sent to you a couple of days before the funeral and then you can forward it on. The link will go live approximately 5 minutes before the service and stay live throughout. Afterwards there's an option to watch the service again or purchase a copy on USB or DVD.
If you have any concerns at all please speak to your Celebrant or Funeral Director and they'll do their best to help.