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What kind of funeral can I arrange?

Funeral directors remain absolutely committed to supporting all bereaved people at this very difficult time, but are rightly concerned about increasing the risk of infection to both at-risk groups of mourners and to all those in key worker roles.

Like supermarket workers and other essential services, funeral employees have a vitally important and sensitive job to do and so it is critical they are able to do it safely, by being able to stay within the social distancing rules.

The guidelines for funerals are designed to minimise the risk of transmission between mourners and to key workers (including funeral, cemetery and crematorium staff) so apply equally to all funeral services.

In line with Government guidance, funeral services should only be attended by members of the immediate family. This remains unchanged following publication of the Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy on 11 May 2020.

No specific number has been set by the Government (other than in Northern Ireland, where the Department for Justice has recommended 10) but venue managers may set maximum numbers based upon the ability of each mourners to observe social distancing guidelines.

The updated guidance also made it clear that close families who are in high-risk categories or are self-isolating should be enabled to attend.

Only the following people should attend:

  • members of the person’s household
  • close family members
  • if the deceased has neither household or family members in attendance, then it is possible for a modest number of friends to attend

Additional specific guidance for Wales

Additional specific guidance for Northern Ireland

Additional specific guidance for Scotland

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for further information.

The NAFD fully appreciates that the current restrictions are 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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