We understand how difficult it is to lose a loved one, especially in these unprecedented circumstances. While adhering to government guidance means we have had to alter the way we would usually work, the West & Sons team are on hand to provide you with expert advice and care to support you as you arrange a personal funeral for your loved one.
Planning a funeral during the Coronavirus pandemic
At the time of writing this article, there are no restrictions on the type of funeral you can choose as both burials and cremations are still permitted. However, families are being asked to restrict attendance to help reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus. Guidance states that a maximum of 10 people can attend a funeral service, and this should only be:
- Close family members
- Close friends where family are not in attendance
- Members of the person’s household
We’ve been made aware that some venues are restricting numbers further, but this is something we will be able to guide you through.
Commemorating your loved one
If you are shielding or self-isolating and unable to attend the funeral, there are alternatives in place here at West & Sons to help you pay your last respects.
Preparing a video eulogy – for those who are unable to attend, you could prepare a video eulogy in honour of your loved one to be shared with those who wish to pay their respects. Equally, a video eulogy can be played, on your behalf, for those able to attend the funeral.
Live streaming the funeral
We are now able to facilitate live streaming of the service to family and friends who sadly cannot attend. It will also be available for viewing at a later date.
The grieving process is unique to everyone. We want to assure you that our team is working hard to give you the support you need in preparing a personal service to commemorate the life of your loved one. We are encouraging our customers to utilise technology to remain connected during this pandemic. Using WhatsApp, Google Hangouts, Skype, Zoom or FaceTime, whilst in no way perfect, offer alternatives for families and friends to speak regularly and connect with the friends and wider family of the person who has died.
We understand that accepting the limitations may be difficult and we are here to discuss with you how we can best work within the restrictions to deliver you with the best service possible.
If you need advice, please call our team on 01920 443277.