Common questions about funerals during Covid-19

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While there are still a lot of unknowns about Covid-19, we’ve put together a list of answers to common questions. We’ll look at funerals, family visits, and alternative ceremonies. Everything is changing very quickly and we’ll do our absolute best to keep this resource up-to-date.

Will I still be able to hold a funeral during Covid-19?

For now, most funerals are going ahead as planned, although with fewer people present during the ceremony. Otherwise, we’ll continue normally, taking into account the government’s guidelines for minimising the risk of transmission.

These guidelines include:

  1. The need to protect at-risk groups.
  2. Avoiding large gatherings of people.
  3. Avoiding unnecessary physical contact.
  4. Good hand hygiene.

We’ll consider each funeral individually and speak with the relevant crematorium, cemetery, or place of worship to consider what’s possible. Our priority is helping you plan a meaningful funeral, while also looking after the safety of our community.

This is an evolving situation and the government guidance may change again quite soon. We will share any information that could affect your funeral plans and go over how we can help with alternatives. As always, we’ll be guided by your wants and needs, and do everything we can to make your ideas happen.

Can I safely spend time with someone who has died of Covid-19?

There isn’t a straightforward ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer to this question, though the risk will be lowered if you use personal protective equipment (PPE) and keep a safe distance. This situation can feel very challenging for anyone who wants to have a family visit, and we’ll do everything we can to help.

It may be comforting to remember that we have experience caring for people who have died with contagious respiratory illnesses, such as Tuberculosis. We’ll follow government guidelines on caring for people safely and can keep you up to date on advice about Covid-19.

For now, the government’s official guidance on Covid-19 advises that visits can continue. This means that you can still come to our beautiful mortuary and spend time with the person who has died.

You and your doctor are best placed to decide whether you’re in the at-risk category for Covid-19, and may not wish to visit. If you aren’t comfortable coming in person, we can arrange to use video conferencing software so you can still say goodbye.

What can I do if Covid-19 means the funeral I’d planned isn’t possible?

Changing funeral plans can feel very difficult, especially as the time after someone has died is often overwhelming. As the Covid-19 situation changes, we’re making contingency plans and thinking about everything we can do to help.

Some people are already choosing to have smaller funerals than they’d originally intended. While we can’t guarantee what will happen as the government reassesses its guidance, this helps reduce the likelihood your plans may have to change.

We can also work with you to make alternative funeral plans during Covid-19. This could involve an online streaming service, or a private ceremony in our Friends and Family Room. We can put you in touch with celebrants who plan flexible rituals, and explore what other options might exist. It’s also possible to plan a memorial for a later date.

Dignified and thoughtful care for everyone

We believe that kind, dignified and thoughtful care should still be at the forefront of everything we do, while continuing to follow government guidelines. This means that we will give the exact same level of care to anyone who has died with Covid-19.

No matter how the situation changes, our values of openness, flexibility and responsibility will remain the same. We’ll work together to meet this challenge, and be here for you every step of the way.

If you have any other questions or would like to talk more about these issues, please do give us a call on 020 3589 4726.

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