Over the last few years Greenwood Funerals has specialised in carrying out funerals which involve a high level of personal interaction between us and family and friends.  We can no longer work in this way due to the restrictions which have been put in place because of the Corona virus pandemic.

The current situation is that many crematoriums are still holding funeral services but in very restricted circumstances and with only a handful of people present.

There are two other options worth considering.  The first is a direct cremation.  Direct cremations do not involve a funeral service.  However family and friends can hold a separate funeral or memorial service without the coffin present or at a later date when there is more freedom to travel and be together.  A direct cremation followed by a memorial sometime in the future is likely to be the best choice for many people.

The second option is a burial.  But as with cremations, numbers are very restricted and subject to social distancing.   There is little opportunity for the kind of funeral with which Greenwood has become associated.

As experienced funeral directors and celebrants, we can talk to you about how you wish to say good-bye to someone who has died and how best to honour and celebrate their life.  Modern technology offers various possibilities like streaming and virtual gatherings.  We understand the importance of a good funeral and we are very willing to put our creative hats on and work with you to do the best we all can.

We also work very closely with Go Simply Funerals who offer a “direct cremation with a difference” which is well worth exploring for the care taken to involve family and friends as much as possible in the current circumstances.

So, while we cannot provide the uniquely personal services for which we have become known, please do feel that you can call us on 01373 440195 to begin the conversation of what to do when someone has died in these unprecedented times.