Coronavirus guidance for funeral directors

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What does this involve?

The Scottish Government has published guidance to help funeral directors in Scotland with the management of the deceased and the organisation of funeral services during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This guidance aims to ensure that:

  • those who died during the pandemic and their family are treated with sensitivity, dignity and respect
  • the differing cultural practices and rites of passage observed in Scotland by a variety of communities are respected and adhered to as closely as possible, with safety being paramount
  • staff working in a funeral business have a safe and healthy working environment
  • funeral directors can work as safely as possible, bearing in mind the challenges of transporting and caring for the deceased
  • funeral directors are supported in the management of family expectations around funeral arrangements, bereavement and the grieving process, which will be especially difficult during this pandemic

This guidance will remain under review as the COVID-19 pandemic progresses and will be updated in response to further developments and public health recommendations.

Topics covered include:

  • certification and registration of death
  • COVID-19 infection risk from deceased individuals
  • infection control precautions
  • preparation of body for burial or cremation
  • management of non-mortuary spaces
  • current legislative provisions for burial or cremation
  • funeral services and supporting the family
  • collection of ashes
  • Test and Protect
  • vaccination
  • additional guidance and resources

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

This guidance is for funeral directors and those working in the funeral industry.

How long does this take?

It will take around one hour to read the full guidance.

Important information

The number of people allowed to attend funerals and post-funeral gatherings varies by protection level. Check your local protection level to see what is currently permitted in your area.

Next steps

Visit the Scottish Government website for more information and to read the full guidance.

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