FOR PARISHES IN THE GREATER BELFAST AREA: STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE ADMINISTRATOR OF MILLTOWN CEMETERY:
Following the decision of the NI Executive to permit the reopening of cemeteries, Milltown Cemetery will reopen with a limited timetable for the foreseeable future.
This is based on the need for burials to continue while adhering to the restriction of ten people at a burial.
The Cemetery will open on Sunday 26 April and following Sundays from 10am until 4pm.
Thereafter, from Monday to Saturday, it will open from 2pm until 5pm.
Access will be mostly restricted to pedestrians only for the time being with the exception of a limited number of cars, for those who cannot walk long distances.
The Cemetery Office will remain closed. Staff will be working remotely to arrange burials.
For anyone visiting the Cemetery please continue to follow the requirement of social distancing.
These restrictions will be reviewed in due course.
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My dear friends,
May I begin by offering my sympathy to you at the death of your loved one. Death is a difficult moment in the lives of families and individuals at any time and especially under the current circumstances. When someone we love dies, we naturally look to others for support but this is not possible at this time.
The advice received from the Government and from health agencies are clear that, during the current emergency, everyone should practice social-distancing to reduce the spread of Covid-19 and to protect, as far as is practical, everyone from infection.
The Irish Wake has long been a tradition in our society but at the present time I urge you to make the Wake strictly private, limiting the number of people in the house to just the immediate family.
Our beloved dead are wonderfully remembered and attending their funerals is seen as the right and fitting thing to do. However, again in this present time, it is dangerous for many people to congregate in one place and so I have had to take the very difficult decision to suspend the public celebration of funerals in churches.
These booklets are short prayer services adapted from the Order of Christian Funerals for use by Clergy and your family to use at the time when your loved one is due to leave the home for the last time.
A Priest and Deacon will ordinarily be present at the cemetery in order to give your relative a Christian burial.
May the God of love bless and console you at this difficult time.
+ Noel Treanor
Bishop of Down & Connor
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