GUIDELINES REGARDING CORONAVIRUS - 20 July 2020
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, whilst the responsibility for welfare lies solely with us the individual Celebrant, guidelines have
been provided offering a coherent approach to help protect, not only the health and welfare of the bereaved people we serve, but also fellow professionals, our own families and friends, wider society
and ourselves. It is our duty to support the NHS and society by helping to flatten the curve of the spread of Covid-19, as well as ensuring we take proportionate measures to protect outselves. As a
Celebrant I can only do my best and do right with your support and understanding.
I will ensure I undertake strict hygiene practices, clear communication and guidance to my clients and families and continue to be compassionate and empathetic during these unprecedented times. As
we all recognise, the situation we face is dynamic and we must heed the ongoing updates by our Government and appropriate bodies.
With the need for social distancing I will be primarily conducting family meetings remotely, by phone, Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp, email, by whatever remote means is appropriate. Where possible and
in keeping with the Government guidelines, I can hold meetings in the garden or appropriate outside space, on the understanding that no-one is in self isolation or recovering from the Coronavirus.
The shaking of hands, or hugging others, must not take place and you are encouraged to invite only close family or friends to the ceremony, but attendance numbers have been changing so check how many
you are allowed. If the ceremony is a funeral service, then I can support you with the planning of a memorial event to be held after the pandemic. In funeral chapels mourners must sit well spaced in
the chapel. All the crematoriums and chapels have reduced the number of seats. Mourners may need to wait in cars or stand outside chapels as many waiting rooms may be closed. Many Funeral
directors are providing limousines and they or crematorium staff may be required to wear face masks and gloves on the day. Curtains in most chapels will be closed, or where agreed can be left open as
part of the Committal, final goodbye, and families will not be allowed to touch the coffin, and some chapels do not allow you to place flowers or objects with the coffin in the chapel. Only funeral
director bearers will be used to transport the coffin into the chapel but some chapels are allowing family bearers but you need to check. There will be no hymn books or song sheets in the chapels.
And many chapels are not allowing singing.
Wedding ceremonies can still take place outside and allowing up to maximum of 30 guests, but again these numbers will be changing so you need to check. The wedding ceremony performed by a
Celebrant is separate to the legal registration performed through the Register Office and registrar, sometimes referred to by the local authority as a celebrant, which can be confusing, but they are
ALTERNATIVES TO TRADITIONAL:
You could have a small number of attendees and where available webcasting for those not attending to observe. A recording may be able to take place of a real time ceremony and a video and audio
copy provided as agreed with the funeral director and family. There could be a direct cremation with a memorial ceremony at a future date.
There is so much for us all to take in at this difficult time. My promise is to do what I can to help and support you during these challenging times. I will endeavour to keep this area updated but
call me or email me if you need to.
In our world today many people are developing their own ideas, values and beliefs about life, religion and philosophy and whilst
traditional ceremonies will continue to play an integral part in community life, more people are seeking alternative approaches. I aim to reflect the wishes and desires of those seeking support and
it is my privilege to bring to individuals and families an alternative but yet still a respectful and memorable occasion.
In addition to my work as a Celebrant, I am also a Master Practitioner in NLP and Hypnosis
and TimeLine Therapy.
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