Council relax funeral arrangements

Labour council relaxes limitations on number of mourners at Swansea funerals

The Swansea Labour-led Council has relaxed restrictions on the number of people attending funerals in the city.

Now up to 20 mourners can be invited by grieving families to funerals under new guidelines issued to support them during the coronavirus crisis.

Up until now the limit of those allowed to attend services and gather at gravesides in the city’s council operated cemeteries has been 10.

The relaxation in the limit is in line with Welsh Government guidelines.

However, mourners will still need to keep two metres from one another if they do not already live in the same household.

Labour Cllr Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment Enhancement and Infrastructure Management, said that news would help the bereaved at a difficult time.

He said: “Our bereavement services team are here for the people of Swansea. They work with care and compassion to support the needs of grieving families and relatives at the most difficult of times.

“This latest change will be welcomed by families and funeral directors. Easing the limit on the number of people who can attend a funeral will be a help and I know everyone will work together to keep mourners and staff safe.”

Lyndon Elsey, Swansea Council’s Bereavement Services Registrar, said: “Since the introduction of the Welsh Government Regulations in March we have had to implement several changes to the way we manage funerals to keep everyone safe.

“But with the full support of our funeral directors we have managed to overcome the difficulties to allow burials and cremations to take place without any disruption for bereaved families.”

Jason Hopkin of Hopkin and Son Funeral Directors, has praised the council’s Bereavement Services by saying: “The whole Bereavement Services Team – in the office, cemetery and crematorium deserve huge credit for the vital, but often unseen and unsung role they have played in making this possible.”

Another local funeral director has contacted the Council to complement to team. He said: “I could not have done my job without the efforts of the Council’s Bereavement Services Team who have been so helpful throughout this period.”



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