Catholic funerals and cremations during coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19)

Catholic funerals and cremations during coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19)

During the period of the coronavirus pandemic we understand there will be many new questions and concerns about funerals. This page will be updated according to the changing situation we find ourselves in.

Funerals and cremations  during the coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19)

The response to the pandemic has led to various restrictions around funerals. Please check the latest government guidance for the current rules and regulations. Personal health concerns during this period mean that some have felt unable to attend the funeral Mass or Liturgy of a relative or a friend. But during such a challenging and difficult time it is still possible to plan ahead for the funeral, even if there may restrictions on numbers in attendance, or requirements for social distancing.


Parishes are encouraged to live-stream funeral services and Requiem Masses so that those who cannot attend may unite themselves to the worship in Church and pray for the deceased and the consolation of the mourners.

It is important that anyone attending should not exhibit any symptoms of Covid-19 or place themselves at risk.

Variable restrictions

Guidance for the safe use of places of worship and special religious services during the pandemic is likely to remain subject to change. And, if you live in an area that is experiencing a local Covid-19 outbreak and where local restrictions have been imposed, different guidance and legislation may apply.

The advice on this page is taken from information published by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in England and Wales. Please read the latest version of their guidance for Catholic funerals.

You may also wish to read the government’s latest advice.

The Liturgy Office of England and Wales has published a leaflet which offers a short time of prayer for use at home at the time of the funeral.

Insights from a Catholic funeral director during the first lockdown

At the height of the first lockdown in Spring 2020, when the most serious restrictions around funerals were in place, we spoke to Paul Allcock, a Catholic family Funeral Director and former President of SAIF – The National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors.

LISTEN TO OUR INTERVIEW: Advice from funeral director Paul Allcock about the coronavirus and funerals in the UK (9mins, mp3 format, 18mb), or read more here.

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