Members of the team at Fuller & Scott funeral directors in Uckfield were among those observing a minute’s silence yesterday and remembering all those bereaved by Covid-19.
It was a year since the first lockdown and funeral director Emma Naylor said it was very sad to think of all those who have lost loved ones during the pandemic.
In Uckfield the Fuller & Scott team has been well aware of the heartache felt by families whose loved ones were living a full life before being struck down without warning.
Emma said had been particularly difficult for them not being table to visit relatives in hospital.
She said: “A few of them were lucky enough to have FaceTime chats but for others that wasn’t possible.
“It was also very difficult for people who weren’t allowed to visit loved ones in nursing homes and it is good that restrictions have now been eased a little.”
Rules about the number of people allowed to attend funerals caused more anxiety, especially when they meant a husband and wife weren’t allowed to sit next to each other or offer a hug.
But, Emma said, new ways of working had helped families. Video calls, and zoom meetings, allowed families and the funeral directors to connect. The team had adapted as circumstances changed.
Live webcasts of funerals made a difference, and the funeral directors, where asked, were able to route the cortege starting at the family home and enabling neighbours to pay their respects as it has passed.
Fuller & Scott has continued working within the community, running Cards of Kindness campaigns involving schoolchildren in sending cards to nursing home residents, and marking special occasions with cheerful window displays.
Emma said the best thing of all was seeing the number of Covid-19 deaths falling.
She added: “What we hear about on the national news is reflected in what is happening here. We are lucky because there are other areas which have been affected much more than we have. “I think people have been careful to observe the restrictions and we are grateful that families have been very understanding about the rules relating to funerals.”