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The gradual easing of restrictions – NAFD initial response

Although there are no immediate changes to the numbers of people permitted to attend a funeral, the NAFD is extremely encouraged by the news this week, from Westminster and Holyrood, that families will soon have the freedom to choose how many people to invite to a funeral once again. However, we respect the need for caution.

Families have been incredibly brave throughout the pandemic – and funeral directors have worked hard to support them in creating smaller, personalised and meaningful services. While any loosening of restrictions will be welcomed, when it’s safe to do so, there will be uncertainty over the precise date when limits on funeral services, wakes and other linked events, in the four UK nations, will be lifted for some time to come and so we urge families to work with their funeral director to say goodbye to a loved one within the restrictions, rather than seeking to delay until such time as they might be lifted.

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