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Funeral arrangements in St Helens – a message from religious leaders

Article date - 09 April 2020

Bereaved families in St Helens are being asked to continue with funeral arrangements as normal during this unprecedented time.

Health officials and religious leaders across the Liverpool City Region have taken the difficult decision to urge all bereaved families to continue with any funeral arrangements rather than delay them.

Burial and cremation services, as well as registrar facilities, remain a key service provided by the local authority during this time and St Helens Council continues to offer as much support as possible to those who have lost their loved ones.

Regrettably, due to vital social distancing measures, the number of people allowed to attend a burial or cremation service has been temporarily restricted to a maximum of 10 people.

Cllr Andy Bowden, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, said:

"We understand that families will want to pay their respects to their loved ones and we are doing all we can to ensure those who have sadly passed away are given the respect that they deserve.

"While a funeral ceremony during this time may not be the traditional send-off that families would want for their loved ones, we will do everything that we can to allow families to hold a more traditional memorial service at a later date."

In a joint letter to residents across the Liverpool City Region, Bishop of Liverpool, The Rt Reverend Paul Bayes, and Archbishop of Liverpool, The Most Reverend Malcolm McMahon, wrote:

"We realise these are challenging times for everybody, but especially for those who have experienced bereavement, whether or not this has been caused by COVID-19.

"It is imperative that funerals take place as soon as possible at the moment as it is not an option to delay the funeral until after COVID-19 has been brought under control."

See more information about burial and cremation services in St Helens.