As we have now entered August 2020, we wanted to update you and let you know how things have been for our families and us as funeral directors, during this very difficult time.
As of August 8th 2020 people visiting funeral homes will be required by law to wear a face covering indoors. It is also mandatory to wear face coverings at all indoor funeral services.
In order to comply with government guidelines anyone entering the building must wear a face covering. Staff are exempt from this law unless social distancing is difficult. Thank you for your understanding and patience during these difficult times.
As we previously stated, we have a duty of care to everyone we come in to contact with, be it our families, our staff, as well all other members of the funeral industry, such as crematorium staff, ministers, celebrants and local councils. We have taken every possible step to ensure funerals go ahead with the health, safety and wellbeing of everyone in our community as our main concern.
We have continued to look after the person who has died with the same care and dignity that we always do. We have extra Personal Protective Equipment available to us, and safe systems of work that we can follow to help protect us, both in our workplace and when we have needed to attend a private house or Care Home.
We have measures in place at both our Stroud and Stonehouse offices, so that we have still been able to meet with some family members to discuss funeral arrangements whilst maintaining strict hygiene and social distancing, This has proved to be invaluable to those who are unable to use Email, Facetime and Skype. No-one should feel excluded from funeral arrangements if they have to self-isolate, and we have continued our promise to do all we can to help in these difficult times
By following strict health and safety guidelines, we have also been able to allow some family members to visit their loved one in our chapel of rest. This is often an important part of the grieving process for many people.
We have continued to minimise the disruption as much as possible and enabled our families to have a meaningful funeral service. In fact, a large percentage of the funerals we have carried out have been full services, with the only restriction being on the number of mourners able to attend. Most services have been Webcast, so that those unable to attend have been able to watch the service in the comfort of their own homes. Many families have still had printed Orders of Service so that those watching via a Webcast can still follow the service and feel part of it.
A lot of our families have expressed an interest in a memorial service at a later date, to be able to fully celebrate the life of their loved ones. We will be more than happy to assist in the arranging of this, along with cremated remains interments and advice on memorial stones.
We are available to contact at any time on 01453 790900 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
With very best wishes
Michael, Clare, Paul, Alison, Robert, Lesley and Michela