Funerals in Plymouth still going ahead – but with a few differences
These are certainly strange and uncertain times living through a global pandemic. Our lives have had to change to adhere to the ever changing guidelines, ensuring the safety of ourselves, our families, friends and even our communities. The unfortunate truth is that it is also affecting the funerals and last wishes of those who pass away during this time. Many places of worship have closed as the UK complies with social distancing measures to slow the spread of Covid-19, this has meant funerals are often limited to services at crematoriums or at the graveside for burials.
In Plymouth we have two local crematoriums, Weston Mill and Efford and the guidelines given to us by the crematoriums put a maxiumum number of attendees that can attend the funerals that are to take place.
- A maximum of 16 attendees at Weston Mill Chapel.
- A maximum of 12 attendees at Efford Chapel.
This number was concluded as the result of risk assessments that were carried out in each chapel, keeping in conjuction with the Government guidelines that were given to them. These were then signed off by the Director of Public Health.
Priority of those attending are to be given to family members and loved ones, but thankfully this doesn’t mean that you aren’t able to see the service whilst it happens. Our friends at Obitus provide the families and friends with a free webcast service during the pandemic, so that those who are unable to travel and those who are unable to attend due to numbers are still able to watch the service live and again for a short while after the service has happened. Please note: These details are given to the funeral directors, which are then passed on to the families.
Despite the need for correct social distancing measures, funerals in plymouth can and have been going ahead. There have been some fantastic and creatives way to pay tribute to our families loves ones. As seen above, although members of the Royal Mail were unable to attend the funeral of their colleague in numbers, they provided a cortege of Royal Mail’s vehicles from the family home to the crematorium at Weston Mill. Just one of the many thoughtful ways to pay tribute during these uncertain and trying times.
At Wyatt Brothers, we are here to help you in your time of need. If you have any questions or queries, please don’t hestitate to give us a call.