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All statements, guidelines and updates from the Council regarding coronavirus (Covid-19) will be posted here.

Guidance regarding face-coverings for celebrants during ceremonies

The representatives of the council understand that the past months have been very challenging for funeral celebrants. Circumstances have required us all to adapt our working practices and respond responsibility to guidelines as they are issued. There has been anxiety about mandated face-covering and we hope that the attached document, issued today by SAIF will help give clarity. There is no ‘one size fits all’ for every situation. Please continue to assess risk and respond appropriately to comply with government guidance including social distancing, face-covering and hand-washing. 

Please remember, you must maintain your distance from clients/family; indoor home visits are currently still against government guidelines, as is physical contact such as handshaking. If you are at all concerned about restrictions at your local crematorium, please call them and ask for their current guidance for celebrants and ministers.

A statement regarding Key Worker status

Yesterday, 25 March 2020, both NAFD and SAIF confirmed that they consider funeral celebrants essential to the management of the deceased and are, therefore, to be regarded as essential key workers in the funeral industry, under government guidelines.

This confirmation of both NAFD and SAIF recognition of celebrants as key workers may be passed to crematorium staff and funeral directors, who may have been unsure about the status of funeral celebrants.

The Funeral Celebrancy Council will continue to issue updates in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

It is vitally important to ensure the safest possible working conditions for celebrants. Please refer to our Guidelines for Funeral Celebrants in Response to Coronavirus. Whilst the majority of celebrants are self-employed, and responsibility for welfare lies solely with the individual, these the guidelines are offered as a coherent approach to help protect, not only the health and welfare of the bereaved people we serve, but also fellow professionals, our own families and friends, wider society, and ourselves.

26 March 2020

Download Guidelines for Funeral Celebrants in Response to Coronavirus

In response to the cononavirus pandemic, and recognising the variety of approaches from funeral directors, crematoria and cemeteries, The Funeral Celebrancy Council has drawn up some guidelines to support celebrants. We recognise the situation is dynamic, and that there may well be a need to update the guidelines as matters progress. Please check this page for updates.

Whilst the majority of celebrants are self-employed, and responsibility for welfare lies solely with the individual, these guidelines are offered as a coherent approach to help protect, not only the health and welfare of the bereaved people we serve, but also fellow professionals, our own families and friends, wider society, and ourselves.