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Bereavement Services produce a quarterly newsletter. On these pages there will be up-to-date news and expanded articles from the newsletter.
The government has confirmed that face coverings will be required at all funerals taking place indoors from 8 August for all members of the funeral party (this includes mourners, funeral directors, bearers, officiants, clergy and anyone taking part in the service).
This came into force from Monday 10 August at St Helens Crematorium Chapel and Newton-le-Willows Chapel.
We have opened a new gated access to St Helens Cemetery via Rainford Road.
The opening hours for this gate and also the pedestrian entrances on Abbey Road and the East Lancashire Road are as follows:
St Helens Bereavement Services have been working in partnership with the Citizens Advice Bureau to produce a leaflet for bereaved families to help guide them through arranging a funeral.
The death of a partner, relative or friend is a painful loss. As many families know very little about funerals, it is a difficult and worrying time and it is natural to want the best for your loved one.
Funerals are an important part of the bereavement process, which includes acknowledging your loss and expressing your sadness. They are a way of showing your love and respect for the deceased; it is a celebration of their life.
The Arranging A Funeral leaflet aims to provide advice and help, from registering a death to arranging a funeral, in the United Kingdom, and lists useful contact details and where you can get more information.
Congratulations to cemetery operative Ste Thomas, who has passed the national Crematorium Technicians Training Scheme and received his certificate of proficiency.
Bereavement services manager Sonia Neighbour (pictured with Ste and bereavement services officer Nicola O'Dowd) said: "Ste passed the exam after many months of hard work, determination and training. On behalf of the council, I would like to congratulate him for his achievement and success."