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What kind of funeral can I arrange?

Funeral directors remain absolutely committed to supporting all bereaved people during this extended period of funeral restrictions, while minimising the risk of infection to both at-risk groups of mourners and to all those in key worker roles.

How many people can attend? 

Please click here to download the latest guidance (22 October 2020) from The Cabinet Office advising of the restrictions in England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland.

Please note, there may be additional restrictions in place at the service venue or in certain locations due to regional restrictions or individual nation lockdowns. Your funeral director will be able to advise you of these.

Arranging the funeral

In England, if you would like your funeral director to visit you in your own home, they will not be required to wear personal protective equipment. However, you should:

  • maintain a safe distance (at least 2 metres)
  • on entry to the home, provide them with facilities to wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds – where facilities to wash hands are not available, hand sanitiser should be used, and funeral directors should carry this with them at all times

If you wish to visit a funeral home to arrange a funeral, then you will be required to wear a face covering in England, Scotland and Wales. In Northern Ireland it is also mandatory unless the business is able to maintain social distancing by using a system of ticketing or appointments.

Funerals should not be arranged in person if anyone involved has symptoms or should be self-isolating, in accordance with government advice.

If you wish to view the deceased person by visiting the Chapel of Rest, please discuss this with your funeral director.

On the day

Many firms have now safely re-introduced limousines for bereaved clients, following guidance to ensure they can be used safely, including the use of perspex screens,  limiting the number travelling to ensure they can sit as far back as possible and additional cleaning. Face coverings must be worn by passengers in funeral vehicles in England, Scotland and Wales and this is advised in Northern Ireland.

Face coverings are required during all indoor funeral services (including places of worship, burial ground chapels and crematoria) in England and Scotland. In Northern Ireland and Wales face coverings are recommended but not mandatory.

Webcasting/live streaming of the funeral service (using professional or personal devices) may still be possible – thereby enabling other mourners to still participate without putting themselves and others at risk of harm.

Please don’t publicly advertise the funeral details to reduce the risk of other, well-meaning mourners arriving unexpectedly. This is not permitted under current social distancing laws. and they may be turned away at the door, which could be distressing for them and the bereaved family.

All charitable collections should be done online.

Further information

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for further information.

The NAFD fully appreciates that, despite these changes, the current restrictions remain extremely tough for bereaved families. However, they are there to protect as many lives as possible and so it is important they continue to be adhered to.

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