Coronavirus Update



Since the last update there hasn’t been too many changes, however since the implementation of The Coronavirus Act 2020 clarification is needed on who can come to a funeral service. It is so important that this advice is respected.

For ALL services (cremation and burial) social distancing guidelines must be adhered to. The Deceased Management Advisory Group (DMAG)* are aware of the important and central role of the funeral to the grieving process for many families and recommend that funeral services limit those attending to members of the immediate family who are not in any of the high-risk categories and are not self-isolating. The immediate family being:    

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

This must be done sensitively and consider individual circumstances. For example, if the deceased person 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.

In addition to this our local crematoriums have their own rules:

The Counties Crematorium, Northampton. Up to 10 mourners in total. Social distancing must be respected, mourners must sit apart in the chapel and should avoid crowding together in the flower courtyard and grounds following a service. The release of cremated remains (ashes) will happen by appointment once a week to funeral directors. The curtains will close at the end of the service. The waiting room is closed. The main car park is closed. Those attending are asked to park on the service road by the closed main gates and remain in their cars until the funeral cortege arrives.

Nene Valley Crematorium, Wellingborough. Up to 18 mourners in the chapel with the option to have an additional 12 watching on screens from outside. Social distancing must be respected, and mourners must sit apart from each other in the chapel and stand apart from each other when viewing from outside. Following the service crowding in the flower courtyard and grounds should be avoided. The release of cremated remains (ashes) will happen by appointment once a week to funeral directors. The curtains or voile (net curtain) will close at the end of the service. The waiting room is closed. Those attending are asked to park in the car park and remain in their cars until the funeral cortege arrives.

Warren Hill Crematorium, Kettering. Up to 18 mourners in total. Social distancing must be respected. To aid this in both chapels seating has been removed and rearranged to conform to the social distancing regulations. The seating layout is not able to be adapted. Please do not move the seats or ask for them to be moved.  As with both previous crematoria, please do not crowd in the flower courtyard or grounds following the service. The release of cremated remains (ashes) will happen by appointment once a week to funeral directors. The curtains can close or remain open depending on preference, however mourners are encouraged NOT to touch the coffin as they leave the chapel The waiting room is closed. The Book of Remembrance room is closed. The car park is closed other than to those attending the funeral. Those attending are asked to park in the car park and remain in their cars until the funeral cortege arrives.

All crematoria can Webcast the service. Please ask if this is something that interests you.

Burials in cemeteries or churchyards as not exempt from social distancing rules and the same definitions given by the DMAG apply. There is currently no option to Webcast from burial sites.

Thank you again for your understanding at this time.

* The Deceased Management Advisory Group (DMAG), which is regularly liaising with government on the sector’s response to COVID-19, comprises the National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF); Association of Private Crematoria and Cemeteries (APCC), Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities (FBCA); Funeral Furnishing Manufacturers’ Association (FFMA); Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM); The Cremation Society; and the National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD).