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Coronavirus Kent: Funeral directors say they are starting to feel the impact of Covid-19

12th May 2020

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By Liane Castle  08 April 2020 15:10


Jo Williamson, the owner of Albany Funerals in Great Chart in Ashford and Loose in Maidstone, says she has taken more drastic measures opting to suspend all services on safety grounds.

She said: “In spite of the government guidelines, we feel it isn’t safe to carry on booking funerals.

“We are honouring those already arranged, but we’ve stopped all attended funerals until further notice.

“This goes against everything we stand for but we feel it’s necessary to keep people safe.

“It just so strange that people are being told to stay at home except if they need to go to a funeral.

“Even with the limit of 10 guests, hundreds of people are going through the crematoria each day. They’re sitting on the same seats and putting their hands on chairs where someone else was sat so we felt it wasn’t right to continue.”

Mrs Williamson added: “We’ve had six coronavirus deaths registered across both our offices.

“Instead of telling people all the things they can’t do, we want to take a slightly different approach and give people other options.

“A lot of families have decided to come back and hold a service later on in the year which can be really healing.

“For those who still want a memorial, some of our celebrants are now offering over the phone services and even live streams which have been really popular.

“Some families have opted to light a candle in their homes and have friends join in through video links.

“Now is not the only time people have to say goodbye, they can do that in so many different ways.”



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5 months ago

Albany Funerals

This is a lovely article showing that the clergy are also adapting positively and creatively to this terrible situation. We need to change our rituals to stay safe but this doesn’t necessarily mean that they are any less healing. Those who are willing to accept some changes are able to continue to hold truly personal and meaningful funeral ceremonies. We are working with each family individually to find new ways of doing things to bring them comfort in their unique situation. It can be done ♥️

https://thetimes.co.uk/article/b41ddae2-96bb-11ea-97b5-8f15973668de/…
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6 months ago

Albany Funerals

#livinglight
For all those who have died during the pandemic ♥️
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6 months ago

Albany Funerals

Grief during coronavirus - lockdown is particularly tough when you're grieving. Being surrounded by family and friends is so vital when you've lost someone you love. Hopefully you are still able to stay connected to others in some way, If you are struggling - some telephone/video grief counselling might help. It's difficult to 'unload' dark feelings onto family and friends, particularly those who might also be grieving, but it does really help to talk.
https://www.griefchat.co.uk/
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6 months ago

Albany Funerals

6 months ago

Albany Funerals

My thoughts on funerals through coronavirus on NBC. We are often told that we only have once chance to say goodbye to and honour our loved ones.... I think we can look at this differently, and learn to hold rituals in other ways than we are used to, particularly during these times. They can still be healing. ... See MoreSee Less

6 months ago

Albany Funerals

‘That thing you’re feeling is called grief’...This is one of the wisest things I’ve heard in a while. Thank you Hugh
at GK Church for your kindness, and your comforting, and incredibly insightful words through such turbulent times. 🌈
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6 months ago

Albany Funerals

Another beautiful idea bringing people comfort when they cannot come together in their grief during the Covid pandemic. ♥️ ... See MoreSee Less

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