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Covid-19

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What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus. Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are a cough, a high temperature and shortness of breath. Simple measures like washing your hands often with soap and water can help stop viruses like coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading.

There’s no specific treatment for coronavirus (COVID-19). Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms until you recover. It’s not known exactly how coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads from person to person, but similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.

How will COVID-19 affect funeral services?

Far & Beyond Funeral Services in addition to other funeral care providers have a vital role to play in society and are often called upon to care for the most vulnerable – whether that’s by physical health or mental health. Conducting a funeral service is a difficult task in usual circumstances and COVID-19 is regrettably making funerals more difficult.

COVID-19 is already starting to affect the way in which funeral services are conducted. Far & Beyond Funeral Services in addition to other funeral care providers are doing everything possible in order to conduct our business in a dignified, safe and stress free manner, however, below are some of the restrictions you should expect.

(a) – Many crematoriums are now restricting the number of mourners able to attend the service itself, averaging between 10-20 attendees.
(b) – Many funeral care providers are unwilling to supply family limousines in order to protect their clients and staff.
(c) – Many crematoriums are placing restrictions on floral tributes entering the crematorium.
(d) – Many crematoriums and funeral care providers are restricting mourners and staff from bearing the coffin.
(e) – Many funeral care providers and crematoriums are not allowing the general public (clients) to attend their funeral homes and/or offices.
(f) – Many funeral care providers are not allowing chapel visits at their funeral homes.
(g) – Many crematoriums and funeral care providers are not allowing order of service booklets.

We understand that the above may sound alarming – however, we’d strongly encourage you not to panic. At this stage it is still possible to deliver a beautiful and meaningful funeral service and we will do everything within our power to provide our usual outstanding service.

Please note: The above restrictions are not necessarily in force at every location. Restrictions vary based on the venue and other relevant risk factors. For further information please contact a member of our team on 0800 368 7722.

Together, we will tackle this.

Monday 18th May 2020: Chapel viewings are now available with restrictions in place.

Thursday 26th March 2020: Agecroft Crematorium limit funeral services to 10 attendees in order to maintain a safe environment. Agecroft Crematorium are working incredibly hard in order to ensure services are disrupted as little as possible.

Thursday 26th March 2020: Hollinwood (Oldham) Crematorium limit funeral services to 10 attendees in order to maintain a safe environment. Hollinwood Crematorium are working incredibly hard in order to ensure services are disrupted as little as possible.

Wednesday 25th March 2020: Stockport Crematorium limit funeral services to 10 attendees in order to maintain a safe environment. Stockport Crematorium are working incredibly hard in order to ensure services are disrupted as little as possible.

Wednesday 25th March 2020: Stockport Crematorium limit funeral services to 25 attendees in order to maintain a safe environment. Stockport Crematorium are working incredibly hard in order to ensure services are disrupted as little as possible.

Wednesday 25th March 2020: East Lancashire Crematorium limit funeral services to 10 attendees in order to maintain a safe environment. The curtains must be closed at the end of each service. East Lancashire Crematorium are working incredibly hard in order to ensure services are disrupted as little as possible.

Tuesday 24th March 2020: Manchester Crematorium limit funeral services to 15 immediate family members only in order to maintain a safe environment. Immediate family are classed as; Spouse/Partner, Parents/Carers, Brothers/Sisters and Children (and partners). Flowers will no longer be permitted inside the chapel. The curtains must be closed at the end of each service. Manchester Crematorium are working incredibly hard in order to ensure services are disrupted as little as possible.

Monday 23rd March 2020: East Lancashire Crematorium limit funeral services to 25 attendees in order to maintain a safe environment. East Lancashire Crematorium are working incredibly hard in order to ensure services are disrupted as little as possible.

Monday 23rd March 2020: Manchester Crematorium limit funeral services to 15 mourners only in order to maintain a safe environment. Manchester Crematorium are working incredibly hard in order to ensure services are disrupted as little as possible.

Monday 23rd March 2020: We have been informed that all attended funeral services have been banned in Leeds in order to contain the virus.

Monday 23rd March 2020: Chapel viewings have temporarily been suspended in order to comply with social distancing policies.

Saturday 21st March 2020: Dukinfield Crematorium limit funeral services to 10 mourners only in order to maintain a safe environment. Dukinfield Crematorium are working incredibly hard in order to ensure services are disrupted as little as possible.

Thursday 19th March 2020: Collection of cremated remains from funeral homes/crematoriums will be suspended until further notice.

Thursday 19th March 2020: No-one will be permitted within the crematory to witness the cremation (subject to individual crematoria policy).

Tuesday 17th March 2020: Crematorium/cemetery offices are closed to the general public (funeral services are still continuing as usual).

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