To prevent cross-contamination in the current situation, the Celebrancy Council Guidelines still strongly advise against home visits. With this in mind, I have adapted my arrangement process to ensure your safety and mine. I will make an call to arrange a convenient time for us to have a further discussion, either by telephone or video call.
During this informal 'meeting' we will discuss what sort of service you would like and the resources that can be used - this includes the use of webcast for those unable to join us.
We will talk about your loved one, so that I can write, or support you to write, an effective eulogy that not only captures their character, but also serves to give those present at the service some comfort and good memories to take away with them.
If, after this, you feel that a face-to-face meeting is still necessary, we can discuss this further, preferably meeting outdoors or in the offices of the funeral director where there are still some safeguarding measures in place.
If I am writing the eulogy, I will send you a draft copy for your approval, and then make any necessary changes.
On the day of the service, I will meet you at the venue, liaise with you, and lead the service, supporting any friends or family members who may wish to take part.
Throughout the whole process, I will be available to you for any last minute thoughts or advice, and will liaise with the Funeral Director and crematorium staff as necessary.
Some things to consider before our meeting:
Any music or reading preferences that you may have.
Do you have facts about your loved one's life to hand? (where they were born/educated/married, the names of their parents and siblings)
Do you, or any other family members wish to speak, or to write a piece for me to read on your behalf?