Like you, we welcomed the news that the 30 person limit on attendance at funerals in England will end on 17th May. This will bring rules in England in line with Northern Ireland and Wales where attendance is limited only by the ability of the venue to safely accommodate people in accordance with the 2m covid-safe rules. In Scotland up to 50 people may now attend a funeral but again this is dependent on the size of the venue.
Both Northern Ireland and Wales will make announcements on further easing of their restrictions later in May, whilst Scotland and England will do the same in late June/June 21st respectively. It is hoped that the next announcements will confirm our roadmap out of covid restrictions and a date when all restrictions on funerals come to an end. If, as is hoped, the 2m rule changes to 1m in the coming weeks too, then this will really help some of the smaller venues to increase the number of mourners they can safely accommodate.
Should all rules on social contact end in June then restrictions on funerals will finally come to an end. With just over a month to wait, the UK vaccine rollout in full swing and pubs, restaurants and hospitality on the verge of re-opening, it really does feel like we are finally turning a corner...
When restrictions on social distancing do relax, the many people unable to hold the funeral they wanted or unable to celebrate the life of their loved one as they wished, may choose to hold a memorial service. Bereavement advice site CRUSE advises: 'When restrictions allow, you can consider a larger memorial service or event so that all those who want to can come together and remember the person who died'.
It may be that you are contacted by families whose loved ones have been in your care over the last year or so to help facilitate a Memorial Service on their behalf. Unlike the very limited numbers at funerals we have seen, it would be lovely to see larger gatherings take place this summer.
To help you with these, we have created a print and online Memorial Services notice, exclusive to Funeral Directors. These notices will be charged at one fixed price of £45 Ex. Vat and will come with the same benefits of your usual funeral notice including free photos in print and online, space to include your company logo and will be published with all of your usual notices on funeral-notices.co.uk and the paper of your choice.
Memorial Service notices also come with the option to include a cashless collection for charity(ies) - another opportunity to honour the legacy of loved ones.
As the notices are a fixed charge, it may be that the family wish to include more information about the memorial service, a little about the person they've lost as well as thank those who have been a great support to them during their grief.
We thank you for your continued support and once again thank you for your dignity, professionalism and hard work in what has been the most challenging year of most of our lives.
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