A Bristol funeral directors is going the extra mile to
enable people to pay their respects while there are restrictions on attending
funeral services due to Covid-19.
Routes to cemeteries and crematoriums are being planned by
MW Funeral Directors so that those prevented from attending a service or
self-isolating can pay their respects.
Hearses are able to stop at significant points where family
members live, social clubs or sports grounds with mourners able to socially
distance while paying their respects, and often applauding.
MW Funeral Directors cover the whole of Bristol, South
Gloucestershire and further afield, planning and directing burials and
cremations to the individual requirements of families.
Ella Abbott, funeral director, said: “It seems certain that sadly
the restriction of a maximum of 30 people at a funeral is going to be with us
well into 2021. We have always arranged funerals in a truly bespoke way, to
allow for personalisation and to meet the needs of the family and friends of
the person who has died.
“It is proving very difficult for some families to decide
who should come to the service and how it will be organised and we have been
working with them to find ways to ensure that the whole funeral and service
honours the person who has passed away.
“One solution is webcasting of the service, which is now
very common, but even that can feel lonely and remote to someone who was very
close to an individual.
“One solution we have found is to put some more time into
the journey to the service and work with families so that there is a timed
route, often with pauses and stopping places where people can stand at the
roadside or in a special place – such as a sports club – and pay their
“It is proving very comforting for families and makes more
of an event before then they go to their laptop or computer to watch the
MW Funeral Directors say it is important to work alongside
families and friends of the deceased to put together a memorial that will live
on in the hearts of guests for many years and this should not be curbed by the
The team have organised funerals themed for special interest
groups, such as bikers, environmentalists or animal lovers and for those of all
faiths and of none.
Said Ella Abbott: “There is a lot of flexibility around
funerals. Sometimes cost can be an issue for a family so we keep our basic
packages for a funeral early in the day when crematorium fees are low at £1,995
and there are even options for unattended funerals.
“But in these difficult days it seems to be more important than ever for families to mark the event in a memorable way and we work with them to ensure that happens despite all the restrictions we all now face.”