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Coronavirus update: Advice about attending a funeral service - from 19th July 2021

From 19th July 2021, the number of attendees at a funeral will not be restricted

The guidance we all have received from the government is as follows:

  • All restrictions on life events such as funerals will be removed, including the remaining restrictions on the number of attendees. There will be no more restrictions on singing or dancing.
  • All remaining limits on social contact will be removed and there will be no more restrictions on how many people can meet in any setting, indoors or outdoors.
  • The legal requirements to wear a face covering will be lifted in all settings. To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, published guidance will advise that wearing a face covering will reduce your risk and the risk to others, where you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet in enclosed and crowded spaces.
  • Social distancing rules (2 metres or 1 metre with additional mitigations) will be lifted. You should continue to consider the risks of close contact with others, particularly if you are clinically extremely vulnerable or not yet fully vaccinated.

Venue capacities:

Please remember that the risks of close contact may be greater for some people than others and in some settings and circumstances.

Services:

  • Services will continue to last 40 minutes which takes into account the 5 minutes either side to enter and leave the chapel. Communal singing and joint reading is now permitted.

Webcasts:

  • The Live Webcast option will continue to be free of charge until Friday 30th July 2021. This will then revert to £30.00 as listed in the fees and charges.
    See: Webcasts

Reception:

  • Reception will be open to all and bookable appointments will still be in operation if needed.

Hall of Remembrance:

Waiting Rooms:

  • The waiting rooms for Kingswood Chapel and Muntham Chapel will be fully opened to the public and no restrictions are in place for the use of these rooms.

Other safety measures:

  • The legal requirements to wear a face covering will be lifted in all settings. To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, published guidance will advise that wearing a face covering will reduce your risk and the risk to others, where you come into contact with people you don't normally meet in enclosed and crowded spaces.
  • Spare masks are available if required, please just ask a member of our team.
  • Hand sanitiser is available throughout our sites.

Commemorative events:

  • All restrictions on life events such as funerals will be removed, including the remaining restrictions on the number of attendees.

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16th April 2020: Works to improve Worthing Crematorium's 'Forget Me Not Garden' are now complete

A new-and-improved children's memorial garden has been built at Worthing Crematorium, giving visitors a tranquil space to reflect and remember lost loved ones.

Worthing Borough Council has installed a new memorial wall, pathways, steps and landscaping as part of the project, which took six weeks to complete.

The new design also includes the existing stone circle, in which cremated remains have been scattered.

Now, the garden has a stronger presence within the grounds and is more spacious, attractive and overlooks the crematorium's lawn.

The previous space inside the crematorium was part-funded by a group of parents in memory of the children they have lost. It will now be officially named as the 'Forget Me Not Garden' - the name originally chosen by the group.

The memorial wall has been made with York stone and is pale in colour, to represent a child's innocence. It will be used to hold plaques which can be purchased at the crematorium office.

The existing plaques on the wall will be remade and replaced before the garden officially opens, which will be at a later stage once COVID restrictions are further eased.

For wheelchair users the space is also now much more accessible. Works were carried out by contractor Landbuild and overseen by the Councils' engineering and surveying team, alongside the Crematorium.

James Thomas, Crematorium and Burial Ground Operations Manager, said:

“Worthing Crematorium is a special place for many people and we're always looking to work with locals to provide the spaces they desire, to remember loved ones.

“We recognise the need and importance of the children's memorial garden inside the crematorium, which is why we have revamped it for those who wish to use the space to reflect and mourn.

“Although it is not open yet, we hope the new-and-improved space will provide some comfort for those who need it. Once the garden is able to open, we will announce this to the public.”

Photos: The improved space includes the existing stone circle, in which cremated remains have been scattered, a new paved area, wall and seating. It has been officially named as the 'Forget Me Not Garden'

PR21-059 - The new Forget Me Not Garden at Worthing Crematorium - new wall and existing stone circle

PR21-059 - The new Forget Me Not Garden at Worthing Crematorium - new wall and seating blocks

PR21-059 - The new Forget Me Not Garden at Worthing Crematorium - new wall

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