How to Arrange a Funeral in Barnsley during Coronavirus
Arranging a funeral in Barnsley has never been an easy or straight forward thing to do, and with the coronavirus, things have only become more complicated. We are here to help you arrange a funeral and to make it as easy as possible we have laid out this guide to walk you through each step.
When Someone Dies
When someone dies, it can often be hard to know where to begin with planning a funeral. The first thing you will want to do is consult the Will (if one was left) to see if there are any instructions or wishes outlined there. Arranging the funeral falls either into the purview of the executor or the closest surviving relative of the deceased. But before you can even begin to arrange the funeral, you need to register the death. You can find out more information on how to do that here.
The Funeral Itself
Due to the impact of coronavirus, the number of people that can attend funerals and the way that funerals have to currently be conducted has caused more distress. However, though distressing, the restrictions put in place must be adhered to, and there are some creative ways that allow people to attend the funeral without having to be physically present.
Currently, only immediate family are allowed to attend any funerals held in Barnsley. But you can set-up a digital stream of the service that can be broadcast live and shared with the rest of the family and any friends of the deceased. In planning the funeral, you can also have people send memories, favourite photos, stories and even the speeches they would have given had they been able to attend to an email address then collect it all together in a digital memory album or memorial website to the deceased. These can help with the grieving process and make the funeral easier on everyone, especially with social distancing and lockdowns in place.
Areas, where funeral services are held, are cleaned thoroughly between each service, but despite this, no hymn books or service sheets can be given out. Recordings of any hymns or songs the deceased wanted to be played must be used instead of everyone singing together.
Visiting the Deceased
As crematorium grounds are open until 7pm for any to visit and churchyards are open for visits too, there is the option for people to visit the grave of the deceased and pay their respects outside of the funeral. To help with social distancing and obeying any lockdown restrictions, it is best to create a digital form through google docs that has time slots during which people can declare they shall be visiting the grave. This not only allows there to be strict adherence to social distancing policies but can also help with contact tracing.
Help with Planning a Funeral
Due to all the restrictions, even if a comprehensive plan may have been left for you, you may feel more comfortable talking to Funeral Directors about how best to proceed. Our friendly and professional Funeral Directors are here to help you through these troubled times and make laying your loved one to rest the smoothest process possible. Not only do we understand how distressing the current climate is, but we never lose sight of how both the living and dead in this situation need to be treated with care and respect.
Call us today to see how we can help you.