We all know how difficult it is at the moment and in particular at a loss of a loved one with all the current restrictions in place that prevents you from saying goodbye whilst celebrating life itself and like many Warwick District Council’s Bereavement Services Team are amongst the most affected by the ongoing coronavirus emergency. With social distancing restrictions allowing no more than six mourners to attend a funeral, it has been the staff based at Oakley Wood Crematorium who have been at the forefront in helping the public to come to terms with being unable to give their loved-ones the service or arrangements they had planned or hoped for.
However now thanks to the work of the Council’s IT Services, guest WiFi has been installed at Oakley Wood allowing family and friends and those unable to attend a cremation service to see it streamed online to remote locations.
Of course, it’s absolutely no substitute to being in attendance but it will hopefully give some comfort to those who cannot attend.
Speaking with Warwick District Council’s Bereavement Services Manager, Pamela Chilvers commented.
“I would like to thank the public for the understanding, goodwill and respect they have shown to our staff at an extremely difficult time. I very much hope that that providing remote access to ceremonies will bring some comfort to those who are grieving and that in time they will have the opportunity to celebrate the lives of all those who have passed during this tragic period.”
Warwick District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Services Councillor Moira-Ann Grainger added.
“The Bereavement Services team have been truly on the front-line during this crisis and are amongst the forgotten heroes in our community. I want to thank them all for their ongoing commitment and compassion they have shown to our residents in the most challenging circumstances “
We both have personally have been affected by this and we look forward to a future event where will remember and celebrate the life of those no longer with us.
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