We offer webcasting at funerals - we think it is particularly important to protect those who are vulnerable and the over 70s and we hope that this facility will enable mourners who otherwise would have attended a service to participate remotely.
We work with select providers to offer webcasting and recording services so that families can capture funeral services for those who cannot physically attend. Services are captured by a discreetly located camera at the back of the chapel, allowing friends and families to be a part of the service without ever leaving their home.
To organise and order a webcast, please contact your Funeral Director.
Our webcast fee is £30
25th of March 2020
Westerleigh response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as at 25th March
Westerleigh are working extremely hard to ensure that funerals can continue as normal as possible in the current circumstances, as we believe it is vitally important for the deceased and the bereaved that the ceremony continues to be carried out with the upmost respect and dignity.
We are also working really hard to ensure that we follow government advice to protect the bereaved family - and our colleagues - by limiting social contact and non-essential travel wherever possible which will help to minimise the risk of transmission.
Following the changes announced by the Government on 23rd March 2020, attendance at funeral services will now be restricted to immediate family members only, up to a maximum of 10 mourners per service, until further notice.
We continue to offer webcasting at all funerals - we think it is particularly important to protect those who are vulnerable and the over 70s and we hope that this facility will enable mourners who otherwise would have attended a service to participate remotely.
We continue to encourage visitors to our sites to follow basic guidance set out by Public Health England:
- Please use the WC facilities at our sites to wash your hands with soap and water – before and after funeral services.
- Please catch coughs and sneezes in disposable tissues or on your sleeve (not your hands), and then discard the tissue (and wash your hands).
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
- Those attending our sites should maintain a sensible (2 metres/3 steps) clearance area between others, and should avoid social gestures such as shaking hands, kissing and hugging.
We at Westerleigh will continue to operate in the best interests of our staff, our funeral director colleagues and the bereaved. The measures that we have put in place – and those that might need to follow – have been implemented in response to the extraordinary situation that we are all facing.
20th of March 2020
Westerleigh response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as at 20th March
Westerleigh staff are straining every muscle to ensure that funerals can continue as normal as possible in current circumstances.
We understand how vitally important it is for the deceased and the bereaved that the ceremony continues to be carried out with the utmost respect and dignity.
We are also working really hard to ensure that we follow government advice to protect the bereaved, their families and friends and our staff. Through limiting social contact and non-essential travel wherever possible, we aim to help minimise the risk of transmission.
It is particularly important to protect those who may be vulnerable and those who are 70 and over. Webcasting is an excellent way to do this and we are offering webcasting at all funerals.
We would also like to encourage families to limit the number of people at chapels – ideally to a maximum of 25 people.
Guidelines by the Government can be found here and we would like to encourage everyone to follow their advice on social distancing, regular hand-washing and minimising physical contact as much as possible whilst at our crematoria.
18th of March 2020
Westerleigh response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
We are monitoring the situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19) very closely and will continue to adhere to the Government’s advice in our ongoing planning. Our aim remains to offer the best possible service to the bereaved whilst ensuring that we are prepared for any further escalation in the Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The safety and wellbeing of our staff, our Funeral Director colleagues, and all of our visitors is paramount, and we have already implemented a number of measures to help mitigate risk. Of course, these measures include the guidance made available by the Government and Public Health England on precautionary measures to safeguard against the transmission of COVID-19. Most recently, we have asked our Funeral Directors to encourage smaller number of attendees at funeral services, particularly giving consideration to visitors who may be more vulnerable if they were to contract COVID-19, and we have suggested the use of web-casting to help to support those individuals who may not be able to attend funeral services in person.
There are also a number of measures that we have taken at our sites to help to prepare for any escalation of the current situation. As well as preparing our existing workforce for future eventualities, we have launched a campaign to recruit a significant number of additional, trained staff to support our operations and to help ensure that we can continue to deliver our services to our communities.
We are committed to supporting our Funeral Director colleagues. Regular updates are being shared with Funeral Directors who use our facilities to ensure that they are fully aware of the precautionary measures that we are taking at our operational sites, and we are encouraging them to share these measures with their clients.
Westerleigh remains focused on continuing to deliver our vital public service to the highest of standards, with the most exceptional care for the bereaved.