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The importance of celebrating the lives of loved ones

The Local Resilience Forum of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent recognises the importance of celebrating the lives of loved ones and is asking local people not to delay holding funerals for departed loved ones during this crisis, while social distancing measures are in place.

We know that witnessing a funeral is important in helping bereaved families move through the grieving process. For this reason, although not as many people may be able to attend, we are encouraging local people to still go ahead with funerals.

The government recently advised that funerals and cremations are still allowed to take place during this time if strict social distancing guidelines are followed. This means that up to 10 close family members who are not self-isolating can attend.

Tony McGovern, Local Resilience Forum Lead for Mortality Management said: “For many people, funerals are a celebration of the life of a loved one who has passed and this is a chance for friends and family members to come together to remember that person. We know that people will be upset about the restrictions put in place around numbers and who can attend funerals. However, it is important that funerals continue to take place and do not get postponed due to these measures.

“We also know that, in some faiths, it is important for funerals to take place within a certain timeframe. Whilst limiting the number of people attending funerals is difficult on families and friends of the deceased, it is the right thing to do in order to help prevent the spread of coronavirus locally and to continue to support our local health and care services.”

Families are still able to choose whether they hold a burial or a cremation. This is something very important given the wide range of faith groups within Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.