Funerals & Bereavement Support
During the current Coronavirus crisis, funerals can take place, but following the recent government announcement issued on 23 March 2020, funerals may now only happen at the Crematorium or at the graveside. Only immediate family members can attend (if the crematorium allows) – that is, spouse or partner, parents and children, keeping their distance in the prescribed way (this is true also for the burial of ashes).
This also means that a gathering or wake can not be held following the funeral, and this should be scheduled for a later date.
We recognise how difficult this will be for many and add to the pain of a loss and we will do what we can to support you. You may want to consider the possibility of a memorial service at a date in the future where more people can be present.
If you are unable to attend a funeral for a loved one or friend, this short reflection has been specially written by a vicar for you to do at home, alone or with those who share your home. You might ask others to take part at the
same time from their home.
Bereavement, as well as all sorts of other losses, brings us to turning points in our lives. Other relationships and our daily activities shift and change to accommodate the space that a loss has created. Past experiences of loss may come into sharp focus again. Our mood may be unpredictable and our ability to pick up the threads of everyday life may vary from day-to-day.
Those we love will naturally be hoping for signs of our return to our ‘usual self’. We may find ourselves striving to seem recovered so as not to disappoint them or cause them anxiety.
To arrange a funeral or a memorial service, or for support during a time of loss please contact us by clicking on the button below.