100 funerals streamed online in Northumberland to help grieving families

Almost 100 funerals at Northumberland’s crematorium have been streamed online for family and friends during the coronavirus lockdown.

By Ben O'Connell
Friday, 1st May 2020, 7:03 pm
Updated Monday, 4th May 2020, 7:46 pm
Picture c/o Pixabay
Picture c/o Pixabay

The county council is supporting bereaved families by providing free webcasts from funerals at its crematorium in Blyth so that those who are unable to attend the service due to Covid-19 restrictions can watch from home.

Due to the restrictions, the number of mourners at funerals is currently limited to a maximum of 10 members of the immediate family of the deceased.

So far, the crematorium has has run 94 free webcasts and almost all of those families have also taken advantage of the option to download and keep the recording.

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Coun Glen Sanderson, the cabinet member for local services, said: “We are very pleased that during these most difficult of times, we are able to provide this service to bereaved families.

“It seems to have been very much welcomed and we hope that it continues to provide some comfort to families, who are now able to take up the free service regardless of their circumstances.”

There has normally been a charge for the webcast service, however, the council has waived this during the current coronavirus crisis.

Webcasts and downloads are arranged through funeral directors as part of the service arrangements.