Funerals

Our latest instructions from the Church of England, led by Public Health England guidance can be found here:

https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches

As of 19 March, funerals can go ahead but may be different from what might normally be expected.

Meetings with the vicar/church will normally happen by phone or video chat rather than face to face.

Numbers attending the funeral will have to be kept to a minimum – immediate family only (please interpret this as the closest family only and think in terms of 10-12 maximum) sadly, those over the age of 70 and those with an underlying health condition are strongly discouraged from attending in the present circumstances. We are unable to presently have anyone else attend the service including organists, vergers etc. You should not arrange a wake or other gathering after the funeral as per Public Health England guidelines, but it may be possible to hold a gathering at a later date.

As a church we want to support people who have been bereaved as much as possible despite the current restrictions (which are likely to get stricter very soon) so if you are unable to properly come together to say goodbye to a loved one we would be happy to work with you to consider whether a memorial service could be held at some point in the future, which is an opportunity for more people to come together once Government guidance permits.