Due to mounting pressure from Funeral Directors, both Calderdale and Kirklees councils have done a U-turn in relation to funeral services. We have been liaising with the Deceased Management Advisory Group (DMAG) who work alongside all organisations within the funeral sector regarding government guidelines, and with consultations with Colne Valley Councillor Donna Bellamy and MP Jason McCartney who raised this issue at the House of Commons for us. It would seem that the council have finally relented to allow up to ten mourners to be present inside the crematorium chapel giving them a chance to say goodbye.
Form June 1st 2020 services of 20 minutes will be allowed, this has to include time required to enter the chapel and also to leave.
The curtains can remain open, however, family members will not be able to touch the coffin.
Only the entrance and recessional music will be allowed, no photo tributes or reflection music can take place.
We are still able to offer services live streamed in our chapel of rest with no time or music limitations. The cortege route can still be planned to pass family and friends who are not able to attend the service.