With the latest easing of restrictions in the UK, it finally seems like an end to lockdown is in sight. But what does this mean for funerals?
12th April saw restrictions on funerals eased in some parts of the UK however restrictions are still in place and are as follows (subject to size of venue):
- Scotland: Up to 20 people
- Northern Ireland: Subject to size of venue (up from 25 people)
- Wales: Subject to size of venue
Restrictions on attendance at funerals is due to change again on 26th April in Scotland when 50 people will be allowed at a funeral and will include wakes and funeral related events, however no alcohol will be permitted. Wakes are prohibited on mainland Scotland until then.
Wakes and other funeral events eg scattering ashes are now allowed in England, for up to 15 people.
It is hoped that all legal limits on social contact, including at funerals, will be removed by the end of June throughout the whole of the UK.
Our online notices remain free for the duration of the pandemic restrictions.
Since we began offering free online notices in 2020, hundreds of families have benefitted from being able to announce the passing of their loved ones in spite of the changing restrictions on funerals.
Free online notices are only available for you, Funeral Directors and Arrangers, to offer to your families. For the many who have already been offering a free online funeral notice, it has been a nice way to give families something for nothing during the pandemic; a welcome relief when many other elements of the traditional funeral have been the victim of restrictions. It has been nice to be able to say yes, you can have a notice; when the answer to many questions has sadly been no.
The increase in online funeral notices has also had an impact on the amount donated in memory of loved ones over the past year, with more than £1 million raised for charities. Many Funeral Directors/Arrangers have been using free online notices solely to offer families a convenient, accessible way to donate online from the comfort of their own homes, regardless of where they are in the world.
You are welcome to email us email@example.com, requesting a free online notice. If you would prefer to speak with us, give us a call on 03444 060 276.
A good 70% of our Funeral Directors prefer to book their notices themselves using our simple self serve portal. This saves them time in waiting for a proof as well as allowing them to book their notices 24/7 if needs be.
You can find out more on how to book a free notice by reading our guide: Online Only Notices - Advice for Funeral Directors.
Over the past year we have seen changes in the way notices are written, with many people choosing to omit the date or time (or both) from their notices. We have always advised this is best practice but there have not been, nor are there, any restrictions on what families wish to say in their notices. Many Funeral Directors/Arrangers have made it clear in the notice that the funeral is private or by invitation only and our audience is used to reading this and people understand and on the whole accept this now.
Similarly, we have observed the same with donations, with more and more Funeral Directors choosing to include the words 'donate online via funeral-notices.co.uk' in their notices as a simple alternative to requesting cash/cheques be sent to the branch - reducing contact points and the risk of covid-19 contamination.
Instead of talking about the funeral, many families are choosing to use the space in their notices to talk more about the life of their loved one or have included a favourite verse of theirs instead. This is a welcome return to the traditional funeral notice and we have published some beautiful notices like this recently; a real testament to lost loved ones.
If you've not yet offered a free online notice to a family, why not offer one the next time a family says no to a print notice? Free online notices are particularly helpful if the family has concerns around the cost of the funeral or have family outside of the print area of the local paper.
Initially we were hearing this from a few Funeral Directors. Just letting people know on Facebook (or social media) means many people who do not have social media will not be informed and once a status is hidden from a timeline, it is hard to find again to take comfort from any replies left on them.
A free online notice on funeral-notices.co.uk benefits from our audience comprising of people of all ages, throughout the UK and the world. Notices can be shared on social media too, and the notice remains static as a page on funeral-notices to be returned to time after time to read the tributes and add more to it whenever and wherever you like. Families can donate online for up to five weeks, add unlimited photos and memories free, forever.
Online notices also serve as free marketing for Funeral Directors, with every notice linked to your notice history and free Directory Listing page. Your logo also displays prominently beside every notice we publish.
We are proud to have been able to offer families something for nothing during the pandemic and are happy to continue to do so. We believe it is important that we only make free online notices available to Funeral Directors to ensure you benefit from a free online notice by being able to offer them to your families.
We thank you for your continued support and once again thank you for your dignity, professionalism and hard work in what has been the most challenging year of most of our lives.
If you would like to speak with us about online notices, would like more information on funeral-notices.co.uk or would like to set up an account for your free online notices; please contact us below and an Account Manager will be in touch:
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