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COVID-19 and Funerals

Please note:  the information contained in this post is subject to change at any time. Please refer to the NSW Government website for the latest information and advice. 

Losing a loved one is never easy, but in the midst of a pandemic, it becomes even more stressful. Not only are there restrictions on the number of mourners allowed to attend, but social distancing must be maintained throughout the viewing, service and burial. There are of course very good reasons for these rules and we all want to do our bit to keep everyone safe, but it doesn’t mean it’s easy.

As funeral directors, we are used to seeing the comfort a hug or an arm around a shoulder can provide. It’s heartbreaking for families not to be able to comfort each other in these ways or even worse, not to farewell a loved one in person. While digital solutions are better than nothing, we understand how difficult these times are for bereaved families. 

We remain open and will continue to support and guide our client families during these challenging times.

Here’s what you need to know about funerals and COVID-19.

COVID-19 and Funerals FAQ’s

How Many People Can Attend A Funeral?

In NSW, as of 24th July funerals will be limited to a maximum of 100 people subject to the one person per four square metre rule. 1.5m social distancing practices must also be maintained. These rules are subject to change at any time so please refer to the NSW Health Latest COVID-19 updates for the most recent information.

Do The Restrictions Apply To The Burial Or Just The Service?

Yes, the above restrictions apply to both the service and the burial regardless of the location or venue.

How Long Will The Restrictions Last? 

It’s impossible to know given the changing health situation. We keep up to date with the latest advice for funeral directors and public health advice.

Do Mourners Have To Provide Their Contact Details?

Yes, current government guidelines require us to keep a register of every person attending a funeral. This includes their name and contact number.

Can I View My Loved One If They Passed Away From COVID-19?

Yes, department of health guidelines stipulate that while body viewing is permitted, ideally the body should not be touched. If touching does occur the person should wash their hands immediately or use an alcohol-based hand rub. Social distancing must still be maintained. 

Got a question? Unsure about something? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Family Funeral Services. We are here to help you through these difficult times.