Latest Changes to Bereavement Services During the Coronavirus Outbreak
05 Nov 2020

At present funeral gatherings in the chapel at Longden Road Cemetery and the service room/chapel at Emstrey Crematorium, Shrewsbury, are being limited to no more than 13 mourners made up from members of the person’s household and close family members, or, if the above are unable to attend, close friends. This is because of the small size of the chapel/service room and the need to comply with social distancing requirements.

The wearing of face coverings is mandatory within the chapels except if a person is specifically exempt from doing so because of one or more of the governments prescribed reasons. 

Up to an additional 17 mourners may gather outside of the respective chapels, observing social distancing where necessary. 

We request that anyone who is showing symptoms of coronavirus (Covid-19) doesn't attend a funeral service or visit a council cemetery due to the risk that they pose to others. Live streaming of funeral services can be arranged from Emstrey Crematorium - please speak with your chosen funeral director to make the necessary arrangements.

Close family members of the deceased may be required to self isolate at the time the funeral is held. In such cases those mourners can attend as long as they're not showing actual symptoms of coronavirus (Covid-19). However, please ensure that your chosen funeral director is aware. You must make your own travel arrangements and should not attend if you know that a mourner attending is in the extremely clinically vulnerable category.

For the latest Public Health England advice on attending funerals take a look at the Gov.UK website.

We request that for those who do attend, and where mourners aren't from the same household, that social distancing requirements are strictly adhered to. By social distancing we mean at least a two-metre gap of separation.

Full details of this update can be found here.