• Claire Sunderland

Funerals during the CoronaVirus restrictions

We are living through unprecedented times. As I write this, there have been no specific government directives on the funeral process, other than the general advice on social distancing and of course the washing of hands.*

In some areas of the country, Direct Cremation, which is an unattended service, has become the only option for bereaved families. In other areas there are fewer restrictions, but guests are expected to adhere to the social distancing directive and advised against hugging or shaking hands. Remote ceremonies or webcasts may become the norm very quickly.

The funeral ceremony itself is important for many families. It can help with the grieving process and gives family and friends the chance to celebrate the life of the person who has died in an authentic and personal way.

Whatever happens over the next days and weeks, as your Funeral Celebrant, I will continue to work with you to create the best possible ceremony to honour your loved one.

I can offer a ceremony that can either be recorded or streamed live from the chapel so that guests unable to attend can access it wherever they are.

If Direct Cremation becomes compulsory, I can offer a remote ceremony which again can be recorded and shared via the internet.

Alternatively, we can arrange a memorial ceremony later in the year (which could include the interment of ashes).

If you have any questions or would like to find out more please call or message me.

*I will update this blog regularly as new guidance comes out.


Brinscall, Chorley,

Lancs, PR6 8QR

Tel: 01254 806263

Mob: 07954 691159


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