More funeral service times to be provided

In order to support as many families as possible to grieve for their loved ones, East Herringthorpe Crematorium will be increasing the number of services available from 9th May.

More funeral service times to be provided

In order to support as many families as possible to grieve for their loved ones, East Herringthorpe Crematorium will be increasing the number of services available from 9th May.

Services on Saturdays are to be extended from 9am until 5pm (from 1pm) and will now also be available on Sundays from 10am to 2.30pm. Weekday times continue to be available from 8.15am to 6.30pm.

In addition, the length of cremation services provided will now be 30 minutes. Graveside burials remain unaffected.

During these difficult times, it is helpful if families can work closely with funeral directors to use all of the times being offered for services, allowing families to continue to be able to grieve for their loved ones in the way that they wish.

Up to 10 maximum attendees can attend each service including household members, close family members or friends. This is to be discussed with the Funeral Director. The 2-metre distance rule must be adhered to at all times.

We know how difficult it can be to not attend a loved one’s service. This may be because a person is shielding or displaying symptoms of COVID-19, or the maximum 10 persons has been reached. To enable as many people as possible to be part of the service, a live recording (webcast) of the service is being offered. We hope this will go some way to supporting people to be able to properly grieve.

In order to reflect the reduction in service time, the fee for the cremation service has been reduced and there is no additional fee charged for the webcast.

Support with bereavement

The loss of a loved one is distressing at anytime, but with coronavirus affecting the way we can grieve and our ability to get support from friends and relatives, the impact on mental health and wellbeing is even greater.

Rotherham Council has worked in partnership with other local authorities in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw to launch the Listening Ear service, providing free counselling for people who have lost loved ones during the pandemic.

The service is accessed through a free call and will allow the bereaved to talk to a trained therapist who will be able to offer emotional health and wellbeing support when they need it the most.

Anyone wishing to use the service should call 0800 048 5224 (freephone) or provide details via the Listening Ear website www.listening-ear.co.uk/refer.

If you know someone who has recently been bereaved and needs support, please share this information.

Access Bereavement support

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