SOME THOUGHTS AND ADVICE ON GRIEVING DURING THE CURRENT RESTRICTIONS

Severe but necessary restrictions have been placed on funeral services, however, nothing can restrict the grief we experience. Nothing can restrict our human need to honour our loved ones and support others during times of grief. In an effort to still meet that need under the current restrictions, we sought the advice of local counsellor Pat Kelly.

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Should you want to speak to someone, Pat Kelly in Bunbury and Laurissa Knowles in Busselton both hold grief support sessions at our premises throughout the year. They are also able to offer you video conferencing and phone consultations at this time. Resources and support are also available through the South West Grief & Loss Centre.

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COVID-19 Update 31.03.2020

We were advised this afternoon of some minor changes to funeral attendance restrictions from the State Government:

NEW DIRECTIVE ON FUNERAL NUMBERS:
Funerals are to be limited to no more than 10 persons; this limit now EXCLUDES persons necessary to conduct the funerals (funeral staff and officiants) and:
– With the approval of the Health Department of WA, discretion may be applied to involve the immediate family. Immediate Family is defined as parents, children and siblings of the deceased.
– Families may make a request for approval from the Health Department of WA to involve immediate family as per above. They should be made as early as possible, to ensure response prior to the planned funeral service date.

Other restrictions still apply, such as one person only able to be present for funeral arrangements, so we encourage families to arrange services over the phone/FaceTime to allow as many family members as possible to contribute to the planning of the service.

Options such as webcasting, recording and other online tributes are also encouraged to allow family and friends to connect as much as possible during this extremely difficult time for those that have lost a loved one.

  • COVID-19 Update 25.03.2020

    It is with great sadness that we advise our community of further funeral restrictions.

    Funerals to be held from Thursday, March 26 must be limited to 10 attendees (inclusive of funeral staff/celebrant).

    This announcement was made by the Prime Minister Scott Morrison this evening as an extension to the national COVID-19 restrictions.

    We will be in touch with all families we are currently serving this morning to discuss these unprecedented changes and how we will do our best to ensure a loving farewell.

    As front line workers, we do understand the decision-making behind these measures to protect the vulnerable families we interact with every day and reduce community spread.

    It breaks our heart to make this statement but the COVID-19 pandemic is a severe threat to our community and we need to play our part.

    Please be assured that we will do our best to arrange recordings and/or webcasts of services. There is also the option of hosting a larger memorial service at a later date when deemed safe.

    We also ask for your cooperation in not attending services or arrangements if you have any symptoms of illness – even the slightest sore throat. We ask for the same cooperation if you have been in contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 within 14 days.

    We understand that these measures are especially difficult during a time of grief where a hug, kiss and handshake are natural ways to show care but we do know that COVID-19 spreads through close contact with an infected person, mostly face-to-face.

    Please keep safe and minimise your risk of exposure.

     

  • COVID-19 Update 23.03.2020

    Given the ever-changing nature of the COVID-19 Pandemic and its impact on Funeral Services, please see the changes which will affect Funeral Arrangements and Services below:

    1. Appointments will be required to be made – unfortunately, we will not be able to see families immediately without an appointment.
    2. Funeral Arrangements will need to be conducted – ideally over phone/FaceTime where possible – and physical appointments will be limited to one person or two people where one requires a carer present.
    3. Physical appointments will be for the purpose of signing relevant documents and delivery of items such as clothing etc.
    4. Federal limitations on Funeral attendee numbers are now in force – 1 person per 4m2 of floorspace is the maximum number for attendance. Common venue capacity is as follows:
      1. Bunbury Chapel: 24 attendees
      2. Busselton (Bantry) Chapel: 45 attendees
      3. Harvey Chapel: 18 attendees
      4. Crematorium Chapel: 40 attendees
    5. A reminder to please advise if you or anyone attending a Funeral Arrangement or Funeral Service has been overseas within the last 14 days, has been in contact with a person overseas or is experiencing a common cold or flu-like symptoms

    These updates are designed to protect our staff but, more importantly, to protect the many families we deal with each day. If you are unsure about any of these updates, please call on 9722 5311 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

  • COVID-19 Update 18.03.2020

    Following advice and direction from the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board and the Health Department of WA, we must make significant changes to our operations.

    We work on the front line and must take these steps to not only ensure the safety of our staff but also, the vulnerable families we interact with every day.

    It breaks our heart to make this statement but the COVID-19 pandemic is a severe threat to our community and we need to play our part in slowing the spread.

    • Funerals already planned will go ahead as arranged.
    • From March 17, any future funerals will need to be private/immediate family funerals with a maximum of 50 people in attendance. Public gatherings have been identified as a risk and funerals are no exception.
    • Funerals arranged from March 17 will not be able to have catering afterward or limousine services.
    • Effective immediately, family members who have travelled from overseas will not be permitted to attend as per Federal regulations.

    Please be assured that we will do our best to arrange recordings and/or webcasts of services. There is also the option of hosting a large memorial service at a later date.

    We ask for your cooperation in not attending services or arrangements if you have any symptoms of illness even the slightest sore throat. We ask for the same cooperation if you have been in contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 within 14 days.

    We understand that these measures are especially difficult during a time of grief where a hug, kiss and handshake are natural ways to show care but we do know that COVID-19 spreads through close contact with an infected person, mostly face-to-face.

    Please keep safe and minimise your risk of exposure.