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Funerals - Coronavirus guidance

Published on 21 May 2021 02:44 PM

From the Department of Health & Social Care ( on the

funeral guidance

'This guidance has been developed to make sure that:

  • people are treated with sensitivity, dignity and respect when someone dies
  • funerals can continue to take place while minimising the risk of infection

The advice is designed to assist members of the public who are attending or involved in organising a funeral in England during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

It is for people of any faith, or none, and aims to balance the needs of the bereaved to mourn, with the need to minimise the spread of COVID-19 infection. While recognising the importance of these rituals and gatherings, the actions detailed in this guidance are important in reducing the spread of infection, particularly to clinically extremely vulnerable people who may be at risk of severe illness.'

The Funeral Briefing booklet includes the COVID-19 guidance for arranging or attending a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic (updated to reflect rules from 17 May 2021).