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Central England Co-op Funeralcare issues plea for respect to be shown to colleagues

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Central England Co-op Funeralcare, which has branches in Gaywood and Hunstanton, has issued a plea for people to show respect to its colleagues helping families say goodbye to their loved ones.

The funeral care provider, which operates over 130 sites across 16 counties, is asking communities to come together and support its front-line colleagues who are going above and beyond to help families during the coronavirus outbreak.

Following Government and Public Health England guidance, the business has had to make major changes to the way it works including everything from planning funerals to the number of people able to attend services.

Hazel Moss, head of funeral for the Co-op (34097777)
Hazel Moss, head of funeral for the Co-op (34097777)

Now, members of the public are being thanked for their patience and understanding over these changes, but also asked to ensure that colleagues continue to be treated with care, compassion and respect while trying to keep themselves and the public safe.

Hazel Moss, head of funeral at Central England Co-op, said: “We are working to do all we can to support our families at this difficult time but we feel these measures have to be put in place to protect them and our colleagues.

“We want to thank everyone we are working with at this difficult time for their understanding of the major changes we have had to make when it comes to how we help them say goodbye to their loved ones.

“These are circumstances that none of us could have imagined, but it continues to be our privilege to support families at this difficult time. Together, we will still give your loved one the best funeral we can, in the current circumstances.”

Central England Co-op Funeralcare has put in place a raft of changes to keep people safe including arranging funerals over the phone rather than in person, working with local councils to limit the number of people in attendance at services and working with families to organise services of remembrance following the pandemic to honour their loved ones.

The business is also asking communities to come together and , if they see a hearse while they are in their front garden or out for their daily exercise, to stop and bow their head in a show of respect and to support families.

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