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Changes to ceremonies during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Restrictions

Funerals during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

When a loved one dies it is always a very difficult and upsetting time and I would like to offer my sincere condolences. If you have suffered a breavement during these unprecented times when social distancing restrictions are changing how funerals and burials are being conducted it can be even more diffficult to say goodbye in the way you would have wished.

I have explained below some of the changes to funeral arrangements being made during this unprecedented time. Please contact me if you would like to discuss your loved one’s funeral ceremony.

If you’re struggling with your grief and would like some support, you may find it helpful to contact a bereavement counselling service such as Grief Chat. You can contact them using this link where you will be supported by a qualified bereavement counsellor. This service is free of charge and open Monday-Friday, 9am-9pm. or contact:

Current Restrictions on Funerals

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the procedures relating to funerals and funeral ceremonies have inevitably changed and they may change even further as things progress.

Currently the guidance from all the professional funeral organisations following meetings with the government is that funerals should be limited to immediate family members only.

The immediate family being:                        

  • Spouse/Partner
  • Parents/carers
  • Brothers/Sisters
  • Children (and partners)

Relatives who are elderly or frail or who are in a vulnerable groups should avoid attendance.

Limiting attendees will be done sensitively, taking into account individual circumstances. For example, if the deceased had few, if any immediate, relatives but close a friend wished to attend the service, that would be reasonable or in the case of the death of a grandparent, attendance by the grandchildren would be appropriate.

The priority in all cases is to keep people safe and well, mourners, crematorium staff and other funeral professionals.

To mitigate these circumstances many funeral directors and crematoria are arranging for live streaming or recording of the ceremony so that others can also be part of this final farewell or see the ceremony later.

Memorials and Scattering or internment of Ashes Ceremonies following this period or restrictions

It will be possible to have a memorial ceremony at a later date when all family and friends can come together to celebrate the life of the person who has died, acknowledge their grief and say a final farewell.

This can be combined with a scattering or internment of ashes or separate ceremonies can be held.

There will be no additional fee for a Memorial or Scattering/Internment of Ashes ceremony following funerals I conducted.

For other Memorial or Scattering/Internemnt of Ashes Ceremonies there will be a 10% discount on my fees

Weddings and Civil Partnerships during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Restrictions

I am thinking with sadness of all the couples whose weddings and civil partnerships are being disrupted by the coronavirus. In these challenging and unprecedented times you may wish to arrange an additional ceremony after restrictions are lifted for all your guests unable to attend I can help you to do this.

If you married with limited guests at a Registry Office or Church

Perhaps you are considering having a postponed reception with all your family and friends at a later date I can conduct a ceremony immediately before this. You can include renewal of your vows and/or create your own personal vows, exchange of rings, poems, readings, music and symbolic acts.

If your ceremony was cancelled and you have changed your plans and are looking for a celebrant please give me a call.

Perhaps you are having difficulty matching a Registry Office date with when your guests can attend – you can have a small registry office service followed by a bespoke ceremony for you to share with all your friends and family at a time and place of your choosing.

Perhaps you have decided to change you plans completely give me a call to discuss a variety of options

There will be a discount of 10% on my fees in any of these circumstances.

For a uniquely personalised ceremony

Anne-Marie Ledson Independent Celebrant

Anne-Marie Ledson, Independent Celebrant

Would you like your ceremony to be unique?

Would you like to choose every element of your ceremony?

Would you like your ceremony to be distinctive and meaningful?

Whether you are celebrating your wedding, welcoming a new person into your family or saying goodbye to a much-loved family member I will make sure that your ceremony will be very personal and special, just what you wish it to be. At this significant time in your life I will listen to your ideas and wishes for your ceremony and help you to make them a reality.

Whatever life event you and your family are planning my role is to create and deliver a uniquely personalised ceremony

Your ceremony can be secular, semi-religious or spiritual. It can be traditional, culturally significant or alternative. You may wish to enhance your ceremony with a symbolic act, for example using candles, sand, or flowers. You may have a favourite poem or song you wish to use. I can provide suggestions about the wide variety of options available to enrich your ceremony including readings, poetry, music and symbolic acts.

I have a wealth of experience working with people in many settings, including at difficult and emotional times. I pride myself on being able to understand people and their individual circumstances. My writing skills will allow me to create a distinctive personalised ceremony. My experience of public speaking will enable me to deliver a memorable ceremony especially for you.

Anne-Marie at wedding venue Merchant Taylors Hall York

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