Church of England Diocese of Gloucester Badgeworth

Funeral Arrangements during the Corona Virus Pandemic

A special message from our Funeral Minister, Robert Poole:

As with all parishes across Britain, the Greenway Benefice must follow national and local guidelines in respect of funerals.

I will now try to cover these as best as I can.

For those whose loved one is nearing their time of death we can offer prayers with and for them over the phone. Revd Susan and Revd Ian Gobey, though self-isolating, have offered to be the initial points of contact for this.

They can be contacted on 01242 321806 and 01242 863977 respectively.

In terms of funeral services, we can offer either a Crematorium Service or, in the case of burial, a graveside service in one of our churchyards. Burial, as always, is subject to certain criteria.

Crematoriums

At Cheltenham Crematorium, currently only the minister is permitted to attend.

At Gloucester Crematorium, a maximum of five immediate family mourners is permitted to attend a funeral service.

In the unlikely event of funerals being at the Westerleigh Crematorium in the Forest of Dean, or in North Bristol, up to ten family members are permitted to attend.

In all events we ask mourners to follow the government guidelines when entering the chapels, and social distancing of 2m/7 ft minimum is essential. The chapels will be cleaned between services. For any mourners that can’t attend the funeral, a webcast may well be available. Please speak to your undertaker about this.

Your Funeral Director will have been kept up to date with permitted attendance details in respect of the crematoriums.

Churchyards

Currently we are following a policy of no more than four family members being permitted to attend. This may change over time and your Funeral Director will be made aware of our policy when arranging the funeral.

Non- Attendees

For those not able to attend there is a Reflection At Home service card available which can be downloaded from our A Church Near You site.

Post Covid 19 Outbreak

We are not in a position, obviously, to make firm arrangements for public services when the restrictions on movement are lifted. That said, we hope to offer Memorial Services for those buried in our churchyards, and combined Funeral and Interment of Ashes Services for those who have been cremated. We also hope to offer Public Services of Remembrance in each of our parishes where all those who have died in the past year can be remembered.

The current situation may well change very quickly. Please check with us before finalising funeral arrangements.

Robert Poole – Funeral Minister