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How funerals work during the coronavirus crisis

Funerals can be difficult at the best of times, but with the coronavirus crisis hitting the world hard, they are even more difficult at the moment.

Social distancing has made funerals open to fewer people, which can be traumatising if a loved one of the deceased is unable to attend the wedding.

As it stands, according to, the only people who can attend a funeral at the moment are:

  • members of the person’s household
  • close family members
  • or if the above are unable to attend, close friends
  • attendance of a celebrant of choice, should the bereaved request this

You are advised to travel to and from the funeral only with members of your own household.

If you are displaying symptoms, you should not attend the funeral because of the risk posed by passing the virus onto other people.

For deaths that are suspected or confirmed as being due to coronavirus (COVID-19) it is recognised that household members of the deceased person may have already been exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19). However, steps should be taken to minimise any new exposure, especially where individuals who are not part of the household and those at risk of severe illness may come into contact with the virus.

Sympathetic Funeral Directors You Can Rely On

At Waters & Sons, we are a family-run funeral directors who provide any sort of funeral for people across Southampton, Portsmouth and surrounding areas.

We are still providing 24 hour assistance, seven days a week. If a loved one of yours has passed recently and you are considering what you are legally allowed to do at the moment, one of our sympathetic advisers are on hand to guide you through what can happen during this difficult time.

Our website has lots of information to help you through this difficult period in your life.

Please go to to find out more or call one of our friendly members of staff.

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