Funerals

The NI Executive have announced a change to the Health Protection Regulations that relate to Weddings and Funerals.

With effect from Monday 12 April 2021, the number permitted to attend weddings and funerals is to be informed by a risk assessment for the venue; therefore, you may permit up to the maximum number as established in the risk assessment for your church to attend.

An up-to-date summary of all Executive regulations and guidance can be found at:

https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-regulations-guidance-what-restrictions-mean-you

Please remember that we operate a OneWay system within our church and you will be guided at all times by our stewards.

There are sanitizing stations at the entrance and at the exits. For Track & Trace purposes we will ask for names and a contact number for those attending.

We operate a 2 metre social distance policy within the church but households may sit together.

Please remember that all our services are streamed live online on our YouTube Channel.

 

 

 

Click the link below:

Covid-19 Grief and bereavement Support A5 Booklet 04_20 (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Covid-19 Death Practical Advice A5 Booklet 04_20_0 (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Link for workbook for children: 

 http://Saying Goodbye workbook for children Final 04_20 (1)

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Resources for Funerals

For Clergy

The Rite of Christian Burial – Clergy

For Families

Rite of Committal – Family

Prayer within the House of the Deceased – Family

The Rite of Christian Burial – Lay Person