Lincolnshire funeral directors striving to meet loved ones wishes
As death rates continue to remain high, families may be offered different crematoria for funeral services rather than their nearest.
And a temporary mortuary is continuing to be used during the COVID pandemic.
Lincolnshire Co-op’s Head of Funeral Services, David Dernley, explained: “Where families have agreed, different crematoria around the county are being used rather than their nearest and in some areas of the county we have offered families services over the county border, where it may be their next nearest location.
“This is the situation across the area including in South Lincolnshire and at South Lincolnshire Crematorium (Surfleet).
“We always respect the wishes of families as to where and when services take place and we have found that even in these difficult times, people have been very understanding.
“Additionally, along with some other funeral directors in the county, we have made use of the emergency mortuary at Woodhall Spa where our clients have agreed to this for the care of their loved ones. This provides first class facilities for the appropriate care of the deceased and this enables us to ensure we still have the capacity to respond to continued calls upon our services at all hours.”
The temporary mortuary, on the site of a former RAF base in Woodhall Spa, opened just before Christmas.
Sara Barry, chair of the mortality planning cell, part of Lincolnshire Resilience Forum, said: “The Woodhall Mortuary is still in use and over the last few weeks where there was less capacity for funeral services, we saw an increase in its use. This has declined a little now, but we anticipate it will be used throughout the winter months, depending how the pandemic progresses.”
In the week beginning January 4 there were 249 death registrations for Lincolnshire (that is deaths from all causes). There is an approximate six day lag between a death and a registration.
There were 301 registered deaths during the week commencing December7. The ‘normal’ average for that week would have been 153.