Changes in my way of working to take account of Coronavirus
My professional body, The Institute of Civil Funerals (https://www.iocf.org.uk) has put guidance in place to ensure that as funeral professionals we are helping the NHS and society by minimising transmission to protect ourselves and you, the families with whom we come into contact.
I will therefore be taking the following precautions:
I shall be following scrupulous hygiene measures, as recommended by the government.
I will not be meeting clients in person, but I shall conduct phone or video interviews, which will still enable a full discussion of your needs and allow you to explore in detail how best to mark your loved one’s life.
If funerals are allowed to take place, I shall promote social distancing, and expect mourners to be spaced out; for there to be a limit on numbers; for there to be no handshaking or physical contact.
I realise how upsetting this can seem at a time when you need friends and family to be close, but I am sure you understand how important this is for all of us. I assure you that I will do everything in my power to honour appropriately the life of your loved one.
Direct cremation/self-isolation and Memorial services
We don’t know whether further restrictions may be placed on funerals in the future. Even if you are unable to hold a traditional ceremony, perhaps because you are self-isolating or the crematorium is limited to direct cremation only, there are ways that I can help you mark this very important time.
Some digital possibilities include:
Small number of essential attendees at a service, which could be live-streamed, or recorded.
Celebrant writing and pre-recording the ceremony on video and audio for you to send to friends and family to be watched on the day of the cremation.
A tribute-writing service, so you can send some words about your loved one to friends and family, and perhaps use the tribute later in a memorial service.
Direct cremation with a memorial ceremony at a future date.