During these unprecedented times, we are fully aware that families maybe unsure on what type of funeral they can arrange for their loved one.
Below we have put together the latest information and restrictions that our local crematoria and authorities have set. We have also displayed an example of a funeral to assist with understanding the cost implication for a funeral at this present time.
Due to government guidelines we are doing all we can to adhere to the social distancing regulations. We are trying to limit the footfall of the general public into our funeral homes and we are kindly asking for people to make an appointment for face to face meets with a maximum of 3 people from the same household to attend, you will be required to wear a face covering whilst on our premises and to fill in the government QR Track & Trace form prior to entering our building. We are asking for all family members to make an appointment to view their loved ones in the Chapels of Rest also.
If you request to hire a private limousine for your loved ones funeral we can accommodate 6 family members from the same house hold to travel in the vehicle but all family members will be required to wear a face covering whilst in the limousine.
If we are entrusted to look after your loved one and we are asked to attend a private residence or nursing/care home, we will be taking extra necessary precautions to eliminate the risk to family members and staff and therefore will be dressed in full Personal Protective Clothing to avoid cross contamination. We hope you understand our decision for implementing these measures during this time.
It is with great sadness that we have to inform our local community that Crematoria, have for a second time reduced the numbers of mourners they are allowing to attend,
The changes are as follows –
The Heart of England Crematorium Nuneaton – Maximum number of mourners = 30 seated in the chapel.
Canley Crematorium & Cemetery Coventry – Maximum number of mourners = 30
Please be aware that the Crematoria are promoting social distancing and arranging the seats 1 meter apart, within the chapel
We are truly sorry to have to inform the bereaved families of these new restrictions, which we understand will be extremely upsetting to learn, however it is important that we adhere to all government guidelines to ensure the safety of our families, staff and general public
We are advising families to consider having a Memorial Service at a later date, when the country is back to some sort of normality and we can then assist our clients in organising a fitting tribute, where all can attend, pay tribute and remember their loved ones in a way that they deserve.
For additional clarification, here are the recommended guidelines set by our national governing body, The NAFD (National Association of Funeral Directors)
SOCIAL DISTANCING AND FUNERALS
WE’VE CREATED SOME GUIDANCE YOU CAN SHARE WITH FAMILIES
There is currently no government guidance preventing funeral services from taking place and funeral directors are working hard to support bereaved families at this very difficult time. However, all funeral services that do take place MUST respect current Government requests for social distancing and the protection of high-risk groups.
We are advising funeral directors to work closely with families to work out how best they can hold a funeral, in line with Government guidance, together with any local requirements and restrictions.
• Arranging funerals over the phone or via other electronic means, where possible. If a funeral must be arranged in person, you should respect the social distancing guidance – keep two metres apart, wash hands frequently, and cough or sneeze into a tissue/crook of your elbow and advise the family to limit the number of people attending in person to arrange the funeral You should not arrange a funeral in person if anyone involved has symptoms or should be self-isolating, in accordance with government advice. It is vital that we do all we can to reduce the spread of the virus and that funeral service employees (who are key workers) can remain healthy and able to continue supporting bereaved families.
• If you wish to view the deceased person visit the Chapel of Rest, please make arrangements for specific times and limit the numbers attending at any one time to those living in the same household. At-risk groups are strongly urged not to visit.
• Limit the numbers attending the funeral service as much as possible, in line with Government advice on social distancing. We are already aware that certain crematoria and churches have now set strict limits on the numbers of mourners that may attend funerals, but these vary across the UK and by type of venue, so it is important that you check what restrictions will apply to you.
• This also means thinking about who will attend and ensuring those from at-risk groups (e.g. pregnant women or those with underlying health conditions) are not put at greater risk by attending.
• Consider holding the funeral service outdoors as this will reduce the risk of the virus spreading between mourners but as the disease is airborne, it is still important to follow social distancing guideline i.e. two metres apart.
• Limit the use of limousines to only carrying those living in the same household (in line with social distancing guidance) – and ensure the driver is able to abide by them too keeping glass screens up or limiting the number travelling to ensure they can sit as far back as possible.
• Restrict physical attendance at the funeral service to as few people as possible. Consider other options such as organising a celebration of life or memorial service at a later date, or webcasting/live streaming the funeral service (using professional or personal devices), enabling other mourners to still participate without putting themselves and others at risk of harm.
• Please don’t publicly advertise the funeral details to reduce the risk of other, well-meaning mourners arriving unexpectedly. They may be turned away at the door, which could be distressing for them and the bereaved family. It will also place funeral key workers at unnecessary risk of harm.
• During the service, remain two metres apart from anyone not living in your household at all times. Refrain from making physical contact with anyone outside of your household.
• All charitable collections should be done online.
We understand this advice may be very difficult for families, but it is vitally important we respect Government guidance for social distancing – to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Cremation Funeral Example at The Heart of England Crematorium, Nuneaton
Approximate total – £3722.00
Restrictions to consider
The Heart of England are allowing a maximum of 30 seated in the chapel
Seating arranged in the chapel to encourage social distancing
Curtains must close at the end of the service during the committal
Cremation Funeral Example at Canley Crematorium, Coventry
Approximate total – £3537.00
Restrictions to consider
Canley are allowing a maximum of 30 family/friends to attend the funeral service
They are not allowing any other mourners onto their ground, even to stand outside the chapel
No family Pall Bearers
Curtains must close at the end of the service during the committal
Limousine – £250.00 each
Hygienic Treatment for viewing in the Chapel of Rest (Covid 19 positive patients not permitted) – £130.00
Cremated Remains Casket or Urn – from £40.00
Live Streaming at the Heart of England – £25.00
Live Steaming at Canley – Free of charge
Floral Spray for the top of the coffin – from £50.00
Upgrade Coffin – Coffins from £360.00
The Covid19 pandemic completely changed the way Funeral Directors were able to arrange and conduct funeral services. Sadly, we initially had to remove the limousine option from our services because we couldn’t adhere to government guidelines regarding social distancing.
Through Delta Contracts, who have designed and fitted these tasteful and essential divides, we are now able to offer our limousine hire to the families we are entrusted to looking after. The divides act as a full screen to create a safe environment for families to comfortably travel to and from funerals in, whist still abiding by social distancing requirements that are needed to safeguard our chauffeur and the general public.
We are recommending that only families of the same household travel in each limousine and we want to assure our clients that we are taking every measure to ensure our vehicles are thoroughly cleaned and sanitised between each funeral.
We offer a large range of coffins to suit all budgets and preferences.
It can be a very emotionally difficult process choosing a coffin, but our team is here to guide you and decide upon the best possible option for your preferences and budget. We have a wide selection of cremation and burial coffins in a variety of woods and alternative materials and finishes, all of which can be seen in our showroom along with coffin interiors and gowns.
Requests for bespoke designed coffins are also catered for upon request. All our coffins are fitted in our own in-house workshop, to the families’ specification.
The defining characteristic of our keepsake jewellery is the integration of visible ashes or hair into the design of every piece. To ensure your peace of mind, we always make our process of ash-integration available for you to observe.
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