Churchfield Funeralcare is proud to have provided vital support to bereaved people and their loved ones during the coronavirus pandemic.
The outbreak and the restrictions that have been applied to reduce virus transmission have had a huge and tragic effect on funeral services.
Thankfully, we are now seeing a cautious easing of these restrictions and this has allowed us to make some adjustments to the way in which we serve the public.
In our efforts to protect families and everyone involved in arranging funerals, we are operating a range of infection control options in line with the latest advice given by Public Health England.
We are also working with partners, such as local crematoria and burial grounds, to ensure we comply with their coronavirus procedures.
As a result of the ongoing but diminishing risk to health, and to avoid contributing to the reemergence of the coronavirus, we are taking the following actions:
Funeral arrangements can now be made in person at our offices in Aylesbury and Tring, however, these are by appointment only. At the heart of funeral directing is a very personal service, so we regret that we are unable to shake hands or hug any clients at the moment. Additionally, for your safety and ours, we have in place hygiene measures including hand sanitiser and socially distanced meetings.
Church of England churches are now in the process of reopening for socially distanced funeral services and we are working with local clergy to help facilitate this. Please bear in mind that mourner numbers may be restricted and normal aspects of a service such as singing may not take place to avoid the risk of spreading aerosols (droplets emitted when we breathe, talk and sing).
Mourner numbers at local crematoria remain restricted and social distancing measures relating to seating and entering and exiting buildings are in place. However, the situation is fast-moving and numbers are liable to change. Please enquire with us to find out the latest information.
Internet live-streaming services are available at crematoria to provide an opportunity for mourners unable to attend to watch funeral services.
Limousine travel is available in limited circumstances using vehicles which have a dividing screen to protect passengers and our driver from infection.
We are unable to conduct any ‘into church’ ‘into house’ provision, however a funeral cortege may leave from a designated address to allow friends and neighbours to pay their respects along the cortege route.
The funeral director and staff are unable to remain in a service chapel or other venue during the service but rest assured they will be close by, outside, ready to assist you when required.
Floral tributes may be harder to fulfil to precise specifications due to some flowers being imported from the European continent.
Pre- and post-funeral gatherings are limited to close family members and we advise against organising wakes.
Viewings in the chapel of rest are now able to take place whilst observing social distancing measures. In the event of people who have died of coronavirus we may not be able to offer hygienic treatment or embalming services.
In the case of coronavirus related deaths, we may have to arrange a prompt funeral to prevent unnecessary storage and handling of the deceased.
We ask that all visitors to our office are aware of the following:
Our reception doors and doorbells are cleaned regularly for your protection.
We have hand sanitiser in the reception areas of all our offices – please help us to keep you safe by using it.
Thank you for your understanding.