Coronavirus (covid 19) funeral advice - The Elms Funeral Directors
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Coronavirus (covid 19) funeral advice

Changed rules for funerals

Since the relaxation of Covid 19 social distancing rules, the crematoriums around the area are now operating at full capacity, with face coverings, and social distancing being optional for mourners.  We would however, strongly advise masks to be worn in the chapel/public places.  In terms of churches, most are still adhering to a restriction on numbers, and these are varying from church to church, with some still asking for social distancing to take place. We will be able to advise you of the latest requirements in place at each location.

Please complete and return two forms to us (the general particulars form and a cremation form) and please call us if you need any help completing the information.

General Particulars form

Cremation form

Direct committal form

 If families wish for a cremation with no service at all please replace the cremation for with this form.

Keeping funerals safe during the Covid 19 pandemic.

In England the maximum of people allowed to attend funerals is currently restricted to 30.  Please note that some venues may have less capacity than this, due to space, in order to ensure they are able to follow social distancing rules.

Our local crematoria have now updated us on the total number of mourners they will allow in their chapels for a funeral service, whilst adhering to social distancing rules. Face Coverings must be worn throughout the funeral in all locations.

Weston-super-Mare Crematorium, 50 mourners

Sedgemoor Crematorium, 40 Mourners

South Bristol Crematorium, 40 mourners

Canford Crematorium, 25 mourners

Mendip Crematorium, 35 mourners

Haycombe Crematorium, Up to 70 mourners in the Top Chapel
Up to 38 mourners in the Crematorium Chapel
Up to 30 mourners may attend a life event which includes the interment or scattering of cremated remains and a wake after the funeral. 

Social distancing and advice for mourners.

  • Mourners should stay at least 2 meters or 3 paces apart.
  • Face coverings should be worn. They may be temporarily removed by mourners delivering a eulogy, provided they remain well distanced from others.
  • Additional distancing precautions should be taken by any attendees who are consider to be vulnerable or extremely vulnerable to Covid 19 infection.
  • Mourners who are self-isolating and do not have symptoms may attend.
  • Mourners who have any Covid 19 symptoms (a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell) may not attend.

Full details of the government guidelines for funerals can be found here

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