Funerals during COVID-19 restrictions
In line with Welsh Government advice during the Coronavirus pandemic, there are restrictions on the number of people who can attend funeral services.
At present, only the following people should attend:
- members of the person’s household
- close family members
- if the deceased has neither household or family members in attendance, then it is possible for a modest number of friends to attend
The updated guidance has made it clear that close families who are in high-risk categories or are self-isolating should be enabled to attend.
Your funeral director will be able to give you further advice.
Bereavement at any time is hard. The charity At A Loss has a directory of bereavement support services so you know where to turn when need support, as well as a useful list of books and websites where you can find advice about how to cope. The website also hosts an online service called Griefchat, enabling you to speak to a counsellor free of charge if talking would help.
Bereavement during the Coronavirus pandemic and with restricted movement and limited contact with family and friends is the hardest thing possible. At A Loss has information about bereavement during this time, advice about what you can do if you can’t attend a loved one’s funeral, how to support someone who is bereaved during the pandemic, and suggestions about holding your own memorial.
Marie Curie Telephone Bereavement Support offers a listening support service for people bereaved due to terminal illness. You can call them for free on 0800 090 2309.