During the Coronavirus lockdown, we have managed to adapt to the restrictions placed on funerals to provide smaller but still meaningful ceremonies. We have also found that families we have worked with have generally adapted well and have sometimes even preferred the intimacy of only having immediate family members present, with the intention of holding a more inclusive get together at a later and safer time, also in the knowledge that their grief will be a little less raw. The guidelines drawn up by the government in consultation with the two main funeral trade associations NAFD and SAIF, stated that in order to reduce contact, face to face meetings for the arrangement of funerals should be replaced by remote options such as phone calls, email, and skype. This has actually worked a lot better than we would have expected, and we have been able to continue to be as present as each family needs us to be. We therefore feel that it is safer to continue to operate in this way for the time being. We are still dealing with COVID cases and we are present at many funerals so in the interest of the safety of our clients, this feels the right thing to do. If, however you would prefer a face to face meeting with us, we can arrange this by appointment and we would ask that you restrict numbers to a maximum of two people to ensure that we can comply to social distancing rules.
The government updated their guidelines for funerals on 4th July, to allow up to 30 persons to attend with all the social distancing rules applying, meaning mourners from different households still have to remain two metres apart. The Guidelines were recently updated again on 11th August to add the requirement to wear face coverings in indoor places of worship, crematoria and burial ground chapels. The guidance is unclear, however at this present time if outdoor ceremonies can cater for larger groups if social distancing is adhered to.
The larger numbers of mourners allowed at each service means that there could be over 300 people moving through a crematorium chapel in one day, and it’s very difficult to clean effectively between each service. The requirement to wear face coverings will mitigate the risks but we would recommend choosing the earlier time slots in the day. This might be less convenient, but it will be a lot safer as it ensures that you will be one of the first groups people to sit on the seats after a more thorough clean of the evening before, therefore minimising the risks as much as possible. This will not suit everybody, and we can work with you to find the most convenient time for you.
All of the Crematoria below have webcasting facilities available which means that you can arrange for other friends and family members to watch the service remotely. Fees differ from site to site between £45 – £65 and Medway is free of charge.
Please note that singing and touching the coffin are still actively discouraged to limit the spread of the virus.
Vinters Park – 30 people
Charing – 29 people
Medway – 30 people
Garden of England (Bobbing) – 30 people
Thames View, Gravesend – 30 people
Barham – 23 people
Hawkinge – 30 people
Kent and Sussex – 22 people or 30 people sitting in household groups
Churches have also now reopened for funerals but each one is working at it’s own discretion for numbers of mourners and other restrictions, depending on the size of the Church and the individual Minister’s situation. Please ask us and we will find this out for you on a case by case basis. Please see the link below for detailed information on funerals in churches during COVID-19:
If you have any questions about coronavirus/COVID-19 and funerals, or any advice or guidance, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us – we are here to help 24/7.
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By choosing a funeral with us, your wishes take priority and your choices are central. At a time when it’s extremely hard to think clearly, our expertise is in helping you to understand all the options available to you, so that the funeral is the very best it can be. We aim to empower and support as much or as little as you need – you will not experience any selling or pushing for anything you do not want.
Here’s what the Good Funeral Guide says about us:
“Jo will arrange exactly the funeral you want. Albany are unique in the area in being perfectly able to provide either a completely traditional funeral, or a totally bespoke one. If it’s a traditional funeral that you want, you can be reassured that the turnout is as smart as it gets. And if you want a very personal, individual event then Jo will be able to offer you as many suggestions as you feel comfortable with. You’ll never be overwhelmed though, she’s exceptionally good at listening to people and understanding what they need from her.”
We are passionate about offering fair and transparent prices to our customers. The prices for our services are shown below, we will then add the appropriate church, celebrant, cemetery or cremation and doctors fees.
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The best of traditional practice combined with excellent service and all in the most personal of ways. Includes our professional fees.Learn More
Innovative celebrations of life at beautiful venues in addition to more traditional venues such as crematoria and churches. We aim to keep the cost of these more bespoke ceremonies as near to a traditional funeral as possible.Learn More
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