Funeral arrangements during the present health crisis
These are difficult times in many ways.
They are especially difficult for those whose loved ones become sick and die of the Covid-19 virus. It may well be that you have not been able to spend time with your loved ones in their final hours and days, because of quarantine regulations. Even when our head understands and approves of the regulation, our hearts can break for love’s sake.
There are also restrictions on the way that funerals are conducted during the present crisis.
Our Catholic churches and chapels are closed at present, and so it is not possible for loved ones to be brought into church the night before their funeral service.
It may also be impossible for you to visit the chapel of ease at the funeral directors – either because you yourself are quarantined – because you have symptoms of being infected by the virus; or because of restrictions around access to the coffin of your loved one.
Consequently it is also not possible at this time for a Funeral Mass to be celebrated, however those who have died are remembered daily at the (private) parish Mass celebrated at St Nicholas.
There are at present only two options with regard to the funeral service itself.
These liturgies are necessarily somewhat brief, and there are fewer opportunities for families to be directly involved in readings etc. This will especially be the case for services at the graveside, where – of course – the weather may impose itself upon us.