Bereaved families opting for private funerals during coronavirus emergency

Bereaved families opting for private funerals during coronavirus emergency

SOME bereaved families in Cork have taken the “difficult decision” to hold entire funerals in private, given the coronavirus outbreak in Ireland.

While funerals are still going ahead, indoor gatherings of more than 100 are not, and some families have opted to have private services.

One obituary notice has noted the family of a deceased person had taken the decision to hold their father’s funeral in private to ensure attendees’ well-being.

“It was our intention to have a grand big funeral like he would have loved and deserved,” the obituary reads, however, the family decided it wouldn’t be appropriate at this time. 

“Our decision is guided by the increasing concern around Covid-19 and keeping people safe.”

Speaking to The Echo, Kevin O’Connor from Jerh O’Connor Funeral Homes in Cork said the HSE has asked them to act in a responsible manner and have requested gatherings not to happen.

“I suppose families are aware of the situation, and nobody wants to be the cause of somebody getting ill, so the families are acting as the HSE have requested in a very responsible manner and funerals are smaller as a result,” he said.

However, Mr O’Connor said no families have held-off or postponed funerals as of yet.

“It’s people’s health and well being is the most important thing. We have to act in a responsible manner. We’re trying to do that as best we can.

“We have to be responsible to our staff and our families that we look after. It does change from day to day and we’re following the HSE guidelines,” Kevin said.

Meanwhile, on the reports circulated earlier this week that undertakers had been instructed to bury those who died from Covid-19 immediately, Mr O’Connor said that they weren’t true.

“We’ve had no directive from the IFAD about that, but we’ll act as the HSE have asked us to do,” he said.

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