Clive was pleased to be invited to talk to the Fellowship Of Independent Celebrants where members from all over the United Kingdom joined the zoom meeting. Clive talked about the challenges Funeral Directors have faced in these unprecedented times. In part, how funeral services have adapted with social distancing and how we have managed to find ways of including friends and family unable to attend.
At Pearson Funeral Service we take great care and pride in making sure we do what we can to keep you safe when visiting our premises and using our vehicles. One of the ways we do this is by using a specialised fog which is used to disinfect, ensuring everything you may come into contact with has been sanitised.
Over the past 100 years Pearson Funeral Service have seen many changes. One of these changes was on the 10th of June 1958 when the Chapel of Rest, (one of the first in the area) was opened by Dr Hand allowing people if they wished to have prayers or a service. This was a very modern thing to happen back in the day as many people were still laid out to rest at home.
As attendances to services in the Chapel of Rest grew, we took the decision to build a new chapel in the old workshop which enabled more people to sit in the service. Today we are still one of the few Funeral Directors who own a Chapel of Rest where a full service can take place. In these challenging times we have been getting excellent feedback from our families, as they were able to have a service without time restrictions, with live streaming so everyone could watch the service from the comfort of their own homes. We always welcome the feedback we get as this helps us to shape the way we move forward. At this time we are still restricted to 10 family members attending services. We will of course update when restrictions start to be lifted.
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.
At Pearson’s we only buy coffins which are FFMA approved. This means they have been tested to highest standard for burial and cremation. As part of the range of coffins we are able to offer, the Strand is a wood effect cardboard coffin, mixing a modern but yet traditional style together.