BALLYMENA Presbytery says funeral services will not be conducted in homes, funeral parlours or churches during the coronavirus pandemic and instead a short service will only take place at gravesides.
In a statement Ballymena Presbytery said: “In the light of the current Coronavirus precautions and conscious of the need to protect people, Ministers of the Ballymena Presbytery have agreed that until further notice Ministers will conduct a short service at the place of burial or cremation with only the immediate family present.
“Ministers will not conduct services in a home, funeral parlour, Meeting House or other Church property.”
Meanwhile, in a message on social media on Friday, Ballymena-based James Henry Funeral Services said:”Due to COVID-19 there are significant changes with regards to arranging funerals and public gatherings at funeral services.
“This advice may change and we will update as and when necessary.
The main changes are as follows:
• Funeral services will be small family gatherings.
• Personal contact i.e shaking hands is not recommended. Where possible, there should be a distance of at least 2 metres between mourners.
• It is forecast most funerals will be held at the graveside only.
• Roselawn Crematorium no longer facilitate cremation ceremonies. Cremation will take place as normal unfortunately no families will be able to be in attendance.
These are uncertain times for us all but we will continue to provide our professional and caring assistance.
Our office remains open to the public but measures have been taken to secure customer and staff safety.
Funerals may be arranged by phone or by appointment at the office.”