Planning a Funeral

Funeral arrangements during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Losing a loved one, even under the best of circumstances, is a painful experience.  Sadly, restrictions have now been placed upon Funerals, both in Church and at the Crematorium.  I recognise how difficult this will be for many people and how these restrictions will only add to your pain and loss.  Can I please encourage anyone who is planning a funeral to talk with me, so that together we can try to ease any feelings of pain and hurt which these restrictions may cause.

The restrictions are as follows:

  • Funeral services may now only take place at either a Crematorium or at the graveside.  We are unable to conduct any part of the service in Church.

  • Only immediate family members can attend – that is, spouse or partner, parents and children, keeping their distance in the prescribed way, up to a maximum of 10 people. 

  • It is also recommended that no wake or gathering should be held following the funeral and that this should be scheduled for a later date.

  • Hymns and singing are also restricted as this may encourage droplet spread.

For those who cannot attend the funeral service.

Many people will be unable to be at the funeral which, in other circumstances, they would have been able to attend. The Crematoriums at Bodmin and Plymouth can offer a recording of the service:

  • Live Webcast – A high-quality Webcast from a single camera discreetly located at the back of the venue, viewed live Online via the easy-to-use, password-protected website.
  • Live Webcast and 28 Day Watch Again –A Live Webcast of the funeral which can also be watched again on the website for a further 28 days after the funeral
  • Keepsake Copy A higher-quality recording of the Webcast supplied on a DVD, in a customized presentation case

Please ensure that you speak to your Funeral Director if you want to access any of the above services.

Families may wish to distribute via e-mail the following service sheet, which family and friends can use at home at the time of their loved one’s funeral.  It can be downloaded here:

            ‘Funerals, a simple reflection

Some may also find the act of lighting a virtual candle, on the day of the funeral, enables them to still feel connected to those who are attending the funeral.

It is hoped that at a later date, we will be able to offer to families a time when a service can be held in the church, so that family and friends can come together in an act of remembrance for their loved ones who have passed.

If anyone has any concerns or questions, please do give me a call or e-mail.

Fr. Andy Atkins