COVID-19 Coronavirus update - Funerals


While most Government restrictions have now been lifted on the way funerals are conducted, some changes may remain in place according to the Government’s current guidance.

Christian funerals can take place in church, at the graveside or the crematorium, but may continue to be somewhat different from what might normally be expected.

Before the Funeral

It is advised that meetings between the bereaved and the person taking the funeral (officiant) are held by telephone. If meetings can only be held in person, social distancing guidance will be followed if necessary.

Planning the Funeral

Numbers of those attending the funeral may have to be limited, in accordance with Government restrictions in place. This should also be communicated to anyone in the wider circle of friends, family or colleagues in advance. 

Any changes to the normal service will be explained by the officiant to the family.

There will be the offer of a Memorial Service/Service of Thanksgiving at a later date.

During the Funeral

Everyone attending the service must adhere to Government guidance. Please follow the directions of the officiant and funeral director.

After the Funeral

If you are organising the funeral of a loved one, we are acutely aware of what a difficult time this will be. We will do our best to explain any changes or delays that may be an inevitable consequence of any current restrictions – for example, to the burial of ashes – but we are here to support you and to ensure a Christian funeral and burial can still be provided. 

If planning to arrange a wake or other gathering after the funeral, please consult the officiant or funeral director regarding current recommendations regarding numbers.

If you have further queries during our current vacancy, please contact the Area Dean, Revd Fiona Mayer-Jones via the Inbox,  telephone 01609 773338; or email [email protected]

I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39