Funeral Services During Covid-19
In response to the Covid-19 outbreak there have been a number of changes to the death registration and funeral procedures in the UK. We have outlined the updates below, along with the current restrictions imposed on funeral services.
With social distancing in mind we have suspended the use of limousines on all funeral services. Family are invited to follow the hearse in their own vehicles, or to meet directly at the crematorium or burial ground.
Where possible we will arrange for the funeral service to be streamed online, allowing family that are self-isolating or who are unable to attend a chance to watch the service.
Funeral Service Attendance
Current emergency legislation states that attendance at funerals is to be limited.
Only members of the immediate family who are not in any of the high-risk categories and are not self-isolating may attend.
The immediate family being:
- Children (and partners)
Limiting attendees must be done sensitively and taking into account individual circumstances. For example, if the deceased person had few or no immediate relatives but a close friend wished to attend the service, that would be reasonable.
Our offices will be staffed as usual and we will remain contactable 24 hours a day. Should you need to get in touch, we ask that you do so initially by phone or email. Where possible we will aim to perform consultations by telephone or Skype. Should face to face contact be required, then this will be arranged by appointment at one of our offices.
We ask that attendance to our offices is not made without an appointment.
Rayleigh: 01268 743102
Thorpe Bay: 01702 586383
The procedure for registering a death has been updated:
Registrations in Essex (except Southend) are continuing to take place in person, however all appointments will be held at either their Chelmsford, Colchester or Harlow offices as all other offices are closed.
Appointments can be made by phoning: Essex County Death Registration: 0845 603 7632
All Death Registrations in Southend will now take place over the phone.
Southend: 01702 215009
Instead of the family having to collect the medical certificate of death, Hospital and Community Doctors will now send this electronically to the Registrars offices.
Payments for the certificates will be taken by phone and the Death certificate will be posted to the family. They will not be sent electronically. (Death Certificate £11.00 each.)
The Registrar’s Certificate of Burial or Cremation (The Green Form) will be issued electronically to the Funeral Director and Crematorium/Cemetery. This will allow the funeral director to proceed with the funeral arrangements.
Once you have had your telephone appointment with the Registrar, please contact us to make an appointment to discuss the funeral arrangements.
Chapel of Rest
You are still welcome to visit our chapel of rest. We would ask that limited numbers of just two people attend at one time and only in the company of those from the same household.
Those who are self isolating / in a vulnerable group are not to attend the chapel.
An appointment must be made
(Rayleigh: 01268 743102 | Southend : 01702 586383