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Public plea to help those who have lost loved ones

Members of the public are being asked to help those who have lost a loved in these difficult times, with a simple show of respect.

Our funeral directors have issued the plea to people asking if they see a hearse while they are in their front garden or out for their daily exercise, to stop and bow their head in a show of respect and to support families.

We are asking people to make the kind gesture after restrictions were put in place by the Government on the way funerals can now be conducted, including the number of people able to attend services.

Zaheer Iqbal, Funeral Director at Central England Co-op Funeralcare, said: “We are working 24 hours a day to support families at their time of need, but changes have had to be put in place following advice and guidance from the Government to protect everyone.

“These are circumstances that none of us could have imagined, but it continues to be our privilege to support families at this most difficult time.

“This is why we are asking people wherever they are to bow their head in a show of respect for funerals passing by and in support of families.”

Several changes have come into place due to Coronavirus.

These include:
·   Funeral homes are now closed to the public with clear information displayed on how to contact the teams if needed
·   All arrangements now being made over the telephone and by email
·   Visiting loved ones is still allowed by appointment and providing social distancing guidance can be followed
·   Closing florist shops based on Government instructions. Families can still take their own flowers direct to any service
·   Being unable to provide limousines to comply with social distancing advice
·   Funeral Directors being encouraged to use wheeled trolleys to bring loved ones into services
·   New headstones and refurbishment of existing ones will now be carried out after the current restrictions have been lifted. Stone removals for burials will still be provided

For more information, please visit www.centralengland.coop

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