A NORTHWICH funeral director has explained how the current coronavirus pandemic is affecting funeral services in the town and beyond.

Co-op Funeralcare, located on London Road, has released its latest guidance on funeral arrangements to ensure the ongoing safety of those wishing to say goodbye to loved ones.

This includes utilising filming facilities at crematoriums so that families and friends can attend virtually, while limiting the spread of Covid-19.

With over 40 years of experience in the industry, director of funerals David Collingwood said: “Losing a loved one is a devastating time for any family, but even more so to lose someone in the current circumstances.

“We have a social responsibility to limit the spread of disease and play our part to save lives, whilst fully supporting our colleagues and communities through a time of loss.

“Where crematoriums have filming facilities, in most circumstances they should be available to families who wish to access them, and the systems should be resilient enough to cope with extra the demand.

“It's crucial we support families and communities during these devastating times and ensure they feel part of their loved one's funeral, even if they can't physically attend.

“We aim to protect our communities and have therefore had to make some tough but responsible choices to help families and individuals say goodbye in the safest possible way.

“Our colleagues are working tirelessly to provide families with access to the services they need to navigate the loss of a loved one, whilst also adhering to government safety guidelines and social distancing requirements to limit and slow the spread of coronavirus.”

In line with its latest funeral guidelines, Co-op Funeralcare have paused the use of limousines for funerals it arranges.

In the safety interest of both staff and clients, funeral arrangements will be carried out over the phone where possible, with only two clients meeting with funeral arrangers if necessary.

The funeral directors also ask that no more than 10 people attend funeral gatherings so that attendees can follow social distancing guidelines.

For up to date advice from Co-op Funeralcare, visit coop.co.uk/funeralcare/coronavirus.