Support for Mourners

Support for mourners during the COVID-19 pandemic

In light of Government advice on how to protect the public throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, changes are being implemented across Manchester’s crematorium and cemeteries.

From immediate effect there will be limits on services held at the Southern, Blackley, Gorton and Phillips Park cemeteries along with Blackley Crematorium to comply with social distancing advice. 

Services within chapels, the crematorium and at gravesides will be limited to immediate family, up to a maximum of 10 mourners.

Funeral directors are being advised on these changes and can provide guidance to families with regards to funeral arrangements.

Staff at all cemeteries will be following advice on social distancing to maintain the health and wellbeing of themselves, as well as the public.

Communal hymn books will not be available to mourners in our chapels. In the Crematorium CD players and wireless speakers have been made available for families and funerals directors for music to be played through.

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “This has been an incredibly difficult decision for us to take. The loss of a loved one is a terrible ordeal to go through, and we are incredibly sympathetic to the additional heartache these measures will cause. But, protecting the public and our staff has to remain our priority.

“We will work with funeral directors, members of the clergy and celebrants to ensure that people can be laid to rest with dignity and respect, and that family members will receive all the support they need during such an incredibly difficult time.”

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