Funerals during Coronavirus – what is possible during lockdown

Richard Green Funeral Service has been working hard through the Coronavirus lockdown to ensure that every client’s funeral has been as near to “normal” as possible.

Here the Uckfield company talks about what is possible in these difficult times when guidelines are changing from one week to the next.

Richard Green Funeral Service says:

“We have managed to maintain our friendly and personal approach, while abiding by the necessary rules and regulations.

“Discussing funeral arrangements by phone, Skype and email rather than face to face is not ideal, but thankfully in this day and age it can be done fairly easily.

“Death registration can now be done via a phone call with the Registrar and for the most part we are finding that this is happening more quickly than usual.


“Unfortunately, due to the restrictions in place it is not currently possible to have a funeral service in a church or other religious building, and so we are assisting families in holding either a simple burial service at the graveside, or a service at the crematorium.

“Many families are planning to hold a Memorial Service at a later date, when everyone can come together to celebrate the life of their loved one.


“Apart from the above, the main limitation to funerals at the moment is the number of mourners permitted to attend.

“This is limited depending on location, but is generally between ten and 20 close family members. Social distancing must still be observed, but members of the same household may sit together.

“Services at Crematoriums are mostly continuing in the usual way, apart from the limit on attendees.


“The local Crematoriums are able to webcast funeral services and we are offering this facility to all of our clients. This means that family and friends who are not able to attend in person can at least watch and listen to the service either live, or at a later time.

“Guidelines are changing from one week to the next, (sometime even daily!), but we will always keep abreast of the current information and share this with our clients. And we’ll continue to try and maintain as much normality as possible in these difficult times.”

• Contact details for Richard Green Funeral Service can be found 24/7 in their premiem listing in our Uckfield Directory. Look for the name or search in the category for Funeral Directors.

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